After crocodators, poor fitness is the number-one cause of the night-scaries. Turn the nightmare where you end up bare-bellied in biology class into a dream of goddess-like energy and strong, snake-charming abs with today's Groupon: for $35, you get eight drop-in dance classes at Studio Zahiya (a $72 value).
Expert dance instructor Lisa Zahiya, named Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer of the Universe in 2008, empowers students with exhilarating Middle Eastern, Indian, folk, and hip-hop dance instruction in her spacious studio. Limited to 15 students, each one-hour drop-in class lavishes individualized attention on pupils as they sharpen their shimmies. Staccato shivers and smooth, oceanic undulations isolate muscles during belly-dancing lessons, and hip-hop classes acquaint students with the finer points of popping, locking, and Irish jigging. The Bollywood and Bhangra class, meanwhile, incorporates expressive movements inspired by Indian movies and folk traditions. The acclaimed instructor keeps an eye out for proper alignment and perfects technique with muscle-molding warm-ups, tightly choreographed combinations, and pop quizzes on quantum physics. Groupon holders who wish to delve more deeply into dance can apply the value of their Groupon toward an enrollment class.
Lisa Zahiya’s dance career has taken her all over the world, but it might be the work she’s doing in her hometown she finds the to be the most rewarding. At her studio, she teaches her students how to express themselves through dance with a curriculum that hinges on belly-dancing classes. Zahiya, who was named 2008 Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer of the Universe at the Wiggles of the West belly-dance competition, offers both traditional and cardio-heavy versions of the core-chiseling style. Though she helms a majority of the studio’s classes—which also include Bollywood-style dance, hip-hop, world-dance workouts, and kids’ belly dance—Zahiya enlists instructor Teejei Brigham to teach tribal dance. All classes welcome beginners, since Zahiya believes that dance is an art form that everyone—including the rare few with pogo sticks for legs—can enjoy.
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