Ballroom instructor Jared Vigneault—recipient of the Top Teacher award at the 2012 Massachusetts DanceSport Challenge—draws from multiple dance degrees and eight years of ballroom experience as he works to infect his pupils with dance fever at Poise, Style & Motion. Along with a diverse cast of experienced instructors, he works to help students of all ages and abilities gracefully twirl across the dance floor through private and group lessons, social parties, and performances. They prepare their students to confidently cut a rug at dance clubs, weddings, competitions, and important business meetings with instruction in several styles. Their instruction range from the fast-paced footwork of swing and the merengue to the more stoic arts of the tango and waltz.
To whip bodies into dance-athon shape, Poise, Style & Motion's instructors blend their fancy-footwork training with aerobics during their Latin-dance-inspired fitness classes. They also help dancers improve their endurance and pump up core muscles with modified merengue, samba, swing, and paso-doble dance steps.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At Hot Power Yoga Center, instructors aim to never teach the same class twice. That's a tall order, especially since the center hosts more than three dozen weekly vinyasa-inspired yoga classes that range from basic flow sessions to more intense hot yoga courses. They pull it off by eschewing a rigid choreography for a looser, more on-the-fly approach, which allows them to customize each class based on the energy of the room. This looser modus operandi also allows instructors to more easily tailer each pose to the specific skill levels of individuals, ensuring every student gets the most out of their practice.
It isn't just the students who've taken notice of this fresh and user-friendly approach to yoga. Cosmopolitan featured owner Kristin Caforio-Marengo in an interview in the November 2014 issue, and
TimeOut New York said her classes "will wring out your emotional baggage, along with the sweat and toxins."
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.
Worcester Fitness's two locations give exercisers
everything they need to vary their workouts and cultivate a wholly healthy lifestyle. Group sessions offer support and expert guidance—cycling, Hi-Def Sculpt, boot camp, and yoga all counted among the available classes. Clients looking to supplement their group fitness, or simply to tone on their own, can take advantage of the certified personal trainers on staff or create a self-guided exercise session in the weight room. The indoor pool allows gym-goers to strengthen their flippers without straining their joints and on massage tables, therapists pamper hard-working muscles to encourage healing. To help parents concentrate on their form and the forms they need to mail in before getting their six pack, children enjoy supervised play in the Kids Korner.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.