While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
With eclectic backgrounds, the staff of California Arts Academy brings students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. They strive to help students not only become better performers, but also positive members of the community. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of Central California Parent magazine from 2012 to 2014. Not content to just offer classes, the Academy holds semiannual auditions for their performances.
Most people would argue that sitting down shouldn't be a part of your workout. But during Zumba Sentao classes, chairs aren't just furniture—they're dance partners. Students lean against, twirl behind, and balance on them, all while practicing energizing Zumba choreography at Z Factor Fitness. The instructors also offer regular Zumba classes, as well as Zumba Toning and other specialty versions, in their multiple dance studios.
The instructors at Dance.Love.Stilettos help tone and tighten students' bodies while simultaneously teaching them tantalizing dance moves. Instructors draw inspiration from the world's sultriest performers—Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Janet Jackson, to name a few—to create attention-grabbing aerobic workouts. These routines often incorporate everyday objects such as chairs and men's shirts as props, so dances can be recreated at home.
Head to Dance Studio Of Fresno in Fresno and get your pulse going with some moving and grooving.
Take your twinkle toes to the next level at Dance Studio Of Fresno, where numerous dance styles are taught and all experience levels are welcome.
Kickboxing offers a full-body workout as well as a useful self-defense skill.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.