Before Newton invented gravity, bodies were free to inhabit walls and ceilings, and elevators were largely ornamental. Reward your fleshoskeleton for fearlessly withstanding the pressures of gravitation with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a four-week group ballroom-dancing class at The Pilates Body, located in Gig Harbor (a $64 value).
Rick, an expert instructor with more than 25 years of experience, leads the group ballroom-dancing class, which helps turn rumba-ing rookies into salsa-ing savants. During the one-hour Tuesday evening sessions (offered at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.), beginner- and intermediate-level dancers can learn how to make polka-players swoon during a waltz, how to sprout a rose from their lips by dancing the tango, or how to defeat ballroom bullies by challenging them to a dance-off. Employing his virtuosity in international styles, Rick will also coach his cavorting students in fox trot, cha-cha, swing, rumba, and salsa, instilling them with toe-twinkling steps that give slothful feet a workout. A partner isn't necessary, and this Groupon is only valid for sessions beginning April 5 or May 3.
The Pilates Body
During a desperate search for reprieve from the pain caused by a dance injury, professional dancer Lianne Gamble discovered the rehabilitating power of Pilates. A born teacher, she wanted to spread the good news, so she studied under Rael Isacowitz to earn certification in his strenuous Pilates program, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), which folds anatomy and physiology into traditional Pilates exercises.
Now, she and a team of certified instructors—among them a gymnast, several dancers, and a marketer—reshape the waistlines of Gig Harbor residents through Pilates, power yoga, and body barre classes. Focusing on BASI’s scientific approach and proper breathing techniques, they pump up mind-body connections and core strength using state-of-the-art Power Plate machines, reformers, Decepticons that transform into chiropractors, and spine correctors from Balanced Body and Peak Pilates.