The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
My Fit Mommy owner and director Mary Damato is passionate about giving moms a place to get fit while they spend quality time with their kids. A mother of three herself, she saw a need for a laid-back, mom-focused workout space, where moms could interact with other adults while still participating in an intense workout. Each outdoor, boot-camp-style class is led by a certified instructor and focuses on burning calories through circuit training and toning the body using small weights.
Dance Amore's chief instructor Deborah Loomis has been performing for more than 20 years, boasting a resumè that includes acting, dancing, and singing with the Massachusetts Allstate Choir and taking to the stage as a female lead in Bye Bye Birdie. At Dance Amore, she puts this experience to use helping children and adults alike tap into their melodious side through an eclectic curriculum. Her dance classes cover tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop for different age groups atop Harlequin floors. She also translates choreography into calorie-busting workouts with Zumba programs. At sessions for toddlers, she encourages freeform movement and the development of motor skills, outlining dance's foremost basics, such as refraining from repeatedly hitting the speakers to find the music inside.
Deborah guides pupils in the process of making their own music, as well. She oversees beginner's flute, piano, and voice lessons that set the stage for future practice. Parents and loved ones keep abreast of their children's progress by attending yearly recitals, where each student showcases their burgeoning talent.
True to its name, Stick Sports focuses on athletics that use some kind of staff, from lacrosse to hockey. But their facilities also house soccer games and rigorous dodge-ball games, as well as overall fitness camps for kids.
Equipment: Stability balls, yoga mats, free weights, agility ladders, jump ropes
Students should bring: Towel, bottle of water
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have a smoothie bar on-site, so you can order a beverage before or after your workout.
Q&A with Shoshana Porter, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have monthly challenges that keeps our clients engaged. We also run workshops that help to prepare our clients for a lifelong health journey. Our approach is holistic in that it includes physical, spiritual and nutritional fitness and caters to the entire family.
At Darly’s Dance & Fitness classes promise more than just improved technique—they offer the opportunity to get fit without the rigid guidelines of a typical workout. In fact, classes such as Zumba, African dance, and modern dance all emphasize fun as much as grace. The class schedule also includes ballet, lyrical, jazz, and other dance classes available to kids as young as 4, as well as adults.