With its sensuous twists and undulating curves, belly dancing can express a wide variety of emotions, from "Look at my belly!" to "See what I just did with my belly?" Learn to shimmy what you're thinking with today's Groupon to Ophidia Studio. Choose from the following options:
- For $27, you get five belly-dancing classes (a $55 value).
- For $15, you get five Zumba classes (a $30 value).
- For $15, you get five yoga classes (a $30 value).
Ophidia Studio helps students shape up and summon their inner temptresses with a variety of sultry fitness classes. Taught by "circus art belly dance" performer Kristen Hill, the belly-dancing class sculpts abs, improves posture, and shows participants how to hypnotize garden hoses with graceful, flowing movements. During each Zumba class, students dance calories out of the picture with Latin rhythms and instructor Tiffani Sheldon's salsa-inspired shimmies. Meanwhile, Anne McDonald, the Red Light Variety Show's resident acro-yoga practitioner, helps amateur and ace yogis stretch, pose, and balance their way to aligned chakras and alluring third eyes.
Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.
Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.