Dance Into 2016 With Us

Dance Into 2016 With Us

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Another year of dancing done, another year ahead. As usual, we’re loading up our January schedule with MORE classes (8!!), including brand new POUND Fitness and Bollywood Technique programs, plus more of our most popular classes and the return of several old favorites. A handful of current offerings will also be shifting times/days. 
Warning: this is a LOT of information. If you’re looking for a more concise picture of the current schedule, simply head over to our schedule page. Please note that this page is updated in real time, so some of the January offerings may not appear there until the beginning of the month. 

New or Back in Action

POUND Fitness *NEW program*
Unleash your rock-band dreams in this fusion of dancing and drumming. This full-body cardio jam session combines light resistance with constant simulated drumming. Expect a mix of cardio, Pilates, isometric poses and plyometrics. Strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles and POUND off pounds while rocking out to great music.

  • Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with Lehla
  • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • Moderate intensity | Beginner friendly

Bollywood Blast
Our Sunday section of this high energy Indian dance fitness class returns in mid-January. If Hindi music makes you want to move or you’ve daydreamed of dancing in a huge Bollywood number, this is the class for you. Expect a mix of traditional North Indian folk dance, hip-hop, Bollywood flavor and relentlessly upbeat music, all fused together in one seriously fun, nonstop workout.

  • Sundays at 1 p.m. with Sonia ***starting Jan. 17***
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • High intensity | Beginner friendly

Bollywood Tech *NEW program*
For dancers seeking to dive deeper into the artistry of Bollywood dance, we’re offering a new 40-minute small group technique class. In addition to breaking down authentic Indian dance movements, you’ll build progressive choreography that would fit right in at a Bollywood performance. Class will be capped at eight students to ensure individual attention. Guarantee your spot (and save off the drop-in price!) by pre-registering for the month series.

  • Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. with Antima
  • Midtown, 1301 Locust St. 2nd Floor
  • Low/moderate intensity | Adv. Beginner/Intermediate choreography level

Cardio Pop
If you love dancing to pop music, you’ll have even more opportunities to get your groove going at our popular Cardio Pop classes. In addition to a daytime section (which now moves to Monday lunchtime) and Thursday evenings, we’re adding a Friday class at Midtown so you can punctuate your work week with a little dance party. With the latest upbeat songs to keep you going, maybe you won’t even notice how hard you’re working. Some routines are pure cardio, others focus on strengthening and sculpting. Either way, you’re guaranteed to feel the burn.

  • Fridays at 5:30 p.m. with Michelle **NEW**
  • Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., a slight time change, with Timaree
    • Both at Midtown, 1301 Locust St., 2nd Floor
  • Mondays at noon with Trina (existing class moved from midweek)
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • High intensity | Beginner friendly
We’re revamping our former modern fitness program to reflect a more current, lyrical style. This liberating workout draws on concepts from jazz, ballet and modern dance, but with a focus on fitness and fun rather than perfecting technique. The intensity of the class builds momentum from a cardio warm-up into fast-paced progressions across the floor and then a combination.
  • Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. with Kayla
  • Midtown, 1301 Locust St. 2nd Floor
  • Moderate intensity | Adv. Beginner/Intermediate choreography level

Dance Party Boot Camp
Amp up your workout with this high intensity interval training (HIIT) dance program. We’ve already got Dance Party Boot Camp on our schedule on Sunday mornings and Tuesday nights, but now we’re adding two more sections to really kick your New Year’s fitness resolutions into gear.

  • Sundays at noon with Timaree
    • This is a repeat of the 11 a.m. class. We ask that students only attend one section to allow room for everyone.
  • Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. with Deb
  • Both at Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • High intensity | Beginner friendly
We’re bringing the “SexyBack” after a short winter break because we just can’t resist a little striptease on our schedule. Get down and dirty with us every Friday in the new year. Start out with a full-body cardio warm up, a few follow-the-leader routines and possibly even some passes across the room; then piece together a series of sexy moves to create a hotter-than-hot combination. From burlesque to hip-hop to hard rock, we regularly change up the moves and the music to make sure you never get bored. Ages 18 and up.
  • Fridays at 7 p.m. with Sharice or Deb
  • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • Moderate/low intensity | Beginner friendly
The studio will become your stage in this high-energy twist on contemporary jazz. Unlike our JazzTech program, the focus here is more on getting you sweating than working on form. Don’t let the word “jazz” intimidate you — while this class includes progressive choreography, we don’t care if you know the terminology and we won’t count the number of spins you can do. From pop to Broadway, expect fresh music and routines every few weeks.
  • Mondays at 6 p.m. with Sherrilyn (same class as last year’s Impact Jazz, but with a refreshed name!)
    • Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
  • Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. with Lee-Ann **NEW**
    • Midtown, 1301 Locust St. 2nd Floor
  • Moderate intensity | Beginner/Intermediate choreography level

Power Stretch & Sculpt
We took a short winter break, but our unique stretch program is back and so is instructor Kathy! Elongate and strengthen your entire body with this invigorating combination of yoga, dance, strength training, Pilates and sometimes even a little Tai Chi. After warming up, you’ll flow through low-impact, body weight movements to build strength, flexibility and balance.

  • Saturdays at 10 a.m. with Kathy
  • South Philly, 1170 S. Broad St.
  • Moderate intensity, low impact | Beginner friendly

Time Changes

A few of our existing classes will be shifting times, locations and/or days of the week to accommodate both our students’ and instructors’ schedules. Again, this is a lot of information and we know it can be confusing, so feel free to skip over to the schedule page for the complete, up-to-date list of classes. (Refer to the calendar grid at the bottom of that page — or the side of the homepage — for additional notes about substitutes or any cancelations due to special events or weather emergencies.) Meanwhile, here’s the run-down of what’s changed:

  • Mondays at 12 p.m. — Cardio Pop (Rittenhouse)
    • Moved from a prior midweek slot
  • Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. — Barre Fit Pilates (Rittenhouse)
    • Was previously at lunchtime, same day and place
  • Tuesdays at 8 p.m. — Hip-Hop (Rittenhouse)
    • This replaces Cardio Pop, which was previously held in this time slot
  • Wednesdays at 7 p.m. — African Dance Revolution (Rittenhouse)
    • Moves up from a later slot and shifts locations to Rittenhouse instead of Midtown
  • Thursdays at Midtown
    • Tap Tonic and Cardio Pop both begin 15 minutes later due to the new 5:30 p.m. Jazz Cardio class
  • Fridays at 6:30 p.m. — Beginner II Ballet (Midtown)
    • Shifts 15 minutes later due to the new Cardio Pop class
  • Saturdays at 11 a.m. – Zumba (South Philly)
    • Due to the return of Stretch, Zumba reverts to its former 11 a.m. slot

On top of all these additions and changes, more than 30 classes continue on from 2015, from Zumba to Hip-Hop to Tap Tonic and more. Our small-group Pointe and Tap Technique classes also remain on the schedule, please pre-register for the month if you know you plan to attend to guarantee your spot and save off the drop-in price.

Can’t decide what to try first? Check out our annual Taste of Philly Dance Fitness workshops and sample 7-8 of our signature programs in one jam-packed, two-hour workshop. It’s a great introduction to the diversity of our schedule. Even if you’ve already been to many of our classes, there’s nothing quite like these mega dance fitness parties. Hope to see you there!

Work it, shake it, move it, DANCE!!!

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