Without dance, people could only hum along to the “Macarena,” and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon to Michigan Academy of Dance and Music in Dexter. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get one kids’ class per week for four weeks (a $50 value).
- For $25, you get one kids’ class per week for eight weeks (a $100 value).
- For $24, you get an 8-class punch card for adults (an $80 value).
- For $32, you get a 16-class punch card for adults (a $120 value).
In Michigan Academy of Dance and Music’s 5,500-square-foot facility, which is located minutes away from Ann Arbor, certified and experienced instructors make savvy smooth steppers out of novice dancers. The center’s three dance studios are equipped with floating, sprung floors to reduce fatigue, injuries, and curiosity about where slinkies go to retire. After tapping curser toes over the schedule, pintsize patrons can jump into the tumbling and hip-hop classes to bounce away energy and join the ballet classes (available in four levels) to add elegance to everyday movements. Happy Dancin’ Feet classes introduce dancers ages 2–5 to the art, and jazz sessions tutor toe-pointing pupils on the union of movement and beat. Other styles of dance taught include tap and competition dance, and students of all ages are welcome.
Adult students can take advantage of many of the disciplines offered to youth, including ballet, jazz, and urban Latin hip-hop as well as the MI-Fit program that features a variety of fat-burning classes. Kundalini yoga focuses on flexibility for a healthy mind and body, and Zumba classes blend Latin beats with quick movements to make hearts pump faster than fists at an a cappella ABBA cover-band concert.
Michigan Academy of Dance and Music
Certified in personal training, corrective exercise, and performance enhancement, Mike Lauzon teamed up with certified trainer Sean Rhinard to help patrons work toward health and aesthetic goals. Mi-Fit, located within Michigan Academy of Dance and Music, begins training programs with a free consultation to assess weight and body fat and build a program tailored to one's schedule and well-being. The trainers build varying workouts, which burn calories and sculpt sinews through resistance training, core building, and stints with Ropes Gone Wild gear featured on The Biggest Loser. For those not able to make it to the gym, Mi-Fit works to create a personalized, self-guided program built around the equipment already in the patron’s home or the boulders available in a mountain goat’s home.
Most training packages include nutritional plans and food logs, which help clients keep themselves on a dietary timeline as they work toward preset goals. Trainers can connect clients with vitamins and nutritional supplements from Optimum Nutrition or help design and install a home gym to fit the space requirements of a basement.