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In one afternoon, sample different classes offered by Philly Dance Fitness

December, 2019 | PhillyVoice

Sample different workout programs at Philly Dance Fitness, then refuel with healthy snacks. You can try ballet, Bollywood, hip-hop and more during the workshop.

What’s Philadelphia’s top dance studio?

November, 2019 | Hoodline

Want to know where to go when it comes to dance in Philadelphia? Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, there are plenty of first-class dance options to check out in and around Philadelphia.

Here’s All the Places You Can Take a Drop-in Dance Class in Philly

November, 2019 | PhillyMag

For when you want to channel your inner ballerina, learn how to salsa, or just want to move and groove.

You can be part of Philly Dance Fitness’ Halloween flash mob

October 25, 2019 | PhillyVoice

Don’t want to skip your workout on Halloween?

This Philly Dance Fitness class will ensure you work up a sweat, while also celebrating the holiday – and it’s only $5 to participate.

The Ultimate Guide to Barre Studios Around Philadelphia

October, 2019 | Hoodline

Twenty-seven barre studios where you can feel the burn.

Here’s where to find the top dance studios in Philadelphia _ Hoodline

August 28, 2019 | Hoodline

Hoodline sets out to find some of the top dance studios in Philadelphia and Philly Dance Fitness is the top dance studio in the entire Philadelphia metro area, according to ClassPass’ rankings.

One day, one city, tons of free dance workshops _ Broad Street Review

July 24, 2019 | Broad Street Review

The 10th annual Philadelphia Dance Day took place on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at several locations around Center City. This nonprofit, volunteer-run festival featured free workshops in different styles of dance from around the world, from hip-hop and bellydance to bhangra and swing.

Philadelphia Dance Day Returns For 10th Year |

July 22, 2019 | PHL17

PHL17 morning reporter Khiree Stewart met with Dance Day organizers and instructors to get a sample of what was coming up at the 10th annual event. Here’s how he did with some Belly Dance, Diva Pop Jazz and Swing!

Philadelphia Dance Day 2019 – The Philadelphia Dance Class Calendar

July 24, 2019 | Philly Calendar

A group of local dance companies and independent instructors have teamed up to offer a Saturday packed with more than 25 FREE workshops, live performances and a $10 evening dance party and showcase.

Philadelphia Dance Day Returns July 27 with Free Dance Classes

July 24, 2019 | Philly Family

On Saturday, July 27, the city will unite in dance for Philadelphia Dance Day. This nonprofit festival features free classes and live performances from some of the city’s best-known instructors at three different locations in Philly.

Philly Fitness Studios Offering Special Deals for Brides and Grooms

January 23, 2019 | Philly Mag

Your wedding day will be one of the most highly-documented days of your life, so it makes sense that you want to feel your best leading up to it. Philly Dance Fitness offers personalized bachelorette party workshops where you can try all kinds of dance genres like Zumba, bellydance, Bollywood, hip-hop, and twerking (just to name a few). Check out our sister company Ballroom Bliss that teaches wedding dances to couples or wedding parties!

Sample nine Philly Dance Fitness classes in one afternoon

January 17, 2019 | Philly Voice

These jam-packed, team-taught sessions are the perfect opportunity to sample more than eight of our programs at once: Check out Cardio Pop, Dance Party Boot Camp, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Barre, African, Jazz and more. And, of course, we’ll also provide some actual food to keep you fueled through this mega-workout.

PHL17 Weekend Philler: Philly Dance Fitness 

November 4, 2018 | PHL 17

Deborah Hirsch started Philly Dance Fitness as a way to bring people together for a common purpose… dancing. Since Philly Dance Fitness got its start, it has grown into a community of dancers with more classes available for just about any type of dance you can think of; you could learn pop, hip-hop, ballet and even belly dancing!

The 4 best dance studios in Philadelphia

October 3, 2018 | 6ABC Action News

Looking to learn some new moves? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top dance studios in Philadelphia, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when you’re ready to hit the floor.


13 Halloween-themed workouts and fitness events in Philadelphia

October 25, 2018 | Philly Voice

These spooky and mischief-filled workouts are exactly the type of festive fun you need in your life. If you’re looking to get a little spooky (or festive!) without interrupting your fitness routine all that much, we’ve rounded up a list of 13 Halloween-inspired workouts going on in and around Philadelphia on Oct. 31st, as well as the days leading up to the candy corn holiday.

Don’t skip your workout on Labor Day, join this dance fitness party

August 30, 2018 | Philly Voice

Trying to fit a workout into your schedule on Labor Day? Since it’s a holiday, why not make it a fun sweat session? Join a lunchtime dance party at Philly Dance Fitness’ Rittenhouse studio.

A stricken dancer and the walker she uses to create ballet

July 18, 2018 | Philadelphia Inquirer
A 2005 injury shattered her dream of becoming a ballerina. Four years later, multiple sclerosis stole her ability to walk. In May, I stopped by a Center City dance studio to see an early rehearsal. Danielle and her partner Kayla Babicki, 22, who teaches at Philly Dance Fitness, conversed in the language of dance.

Dance from noon to midnight at FringeA-Thon 2018, fundraiser for the arts in Philly

June 6, 2018 | Philly Voice
FringeA-Thon, an annual fundraiser for FringeArts, will take place noon to midnight – but attendees can dance as much or as little as they want. With performances, special guests and lessons, you might find it hard to leave the dance floor though.

Dance Your Art Out At FringeA-Thon Twelve Hour Dance Party To Support Arts And Theatre In Philadelphia

June 5, 2018 | Broadway World Philadelphia
With different dancers, DJs, performers, trainers, musicians, and more featured hourly, there’s never a dull moment at this outrageous, 12-hour party. It all goes down at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons on June 16th

Try Out Nine Different Dance Classes in a 3 Hour Span

January 29, 2018 | Philly Voice
Here’s your chance to sample ballet, hip hop, bellydance and more in one afternoon!

Here Are the Philadelphia Gyms Offering New Year’s Fitness Deals in January

January 1, 2018 | Be Well Philly
Read on for eight sweet fitness deals happening at local boutique fitness studios.

Try This New Year’s Eve Cardio Workout at Philly Dance Fitness

December 22, 2017 | Be Well Philly
Because who says the party has to start at midnight?

Work out to the top songs of 2017 during Pre-NYE Cardio Pop Dance Countdown

December 20, 2017 | Philly Voice
“Before you head out for a long night of partying, join Philly Dance Fitness for an afternoon workout on New Year’s Eve.”

7 out-of-the-ordinary (and super fun) work out classes to keep the holiday weight away

December 8, 2017 | Philly Voice
“For those seeking a workout that’ll burn those calories like any standard cardio machine would, but on a whole other level of fun, try Philly Dance Fitness’ Dance Party Bootcamp class.”

So You Think You Can Dance: Philly Dance Fitness

November 28, 2017 | Grid Magazine
“Dancing is fun, hard work, and choreographer Deborah Hirsch, owner of Philly Dance Fitness wants to make sure you have a good time while you’re getting down”

Out-of-the-Box Philly Fitness Classes to Combat Workout Boredom

October 30, 2017 | Philly Mag: Be Well Philly
“Doing the same old workouts week after week can leave both our bodies and minds in a fitness rut. Luckily, Philly has a slew of fitness studios that offer out-of-the-box fitness classes.”

Philly Dance Fitness Turns Up the Heat with Unique Cardio Mash-Ups

October 23, 2017 | Pennsylvania Homes
“With more than 50 classes on their weekly schedule offered in over 20 modalities, Philly Dance Fitness is one of the leading dance fitness studios in Philadelphia.”

Over 30 Free Workshops Offered on Philadelphia Dance Day 2017 

July 13, 2017 | Philly Voice
“No need to register. The workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can do as many as you like.”

Dance to Lady Gaga songs in Philly Dance Fitness Workout Class

February 14, 2017 | Philly Voice
“Philly Dance Fitness will host a Lady Gaga-themed dance class on March 4. Attendees to the 90-minute cardio dance workshop will learn routines set to Gaga’s biggest hits.”

Things to do in Philly if You Couldn’t Care Less About the Super Bowl

February 3rd, 2017 | Billy Penn
“If you need help coming up with an excuse to turn down that watch-party invite, we’ve got your back.”

‘Drumming-Inspired Workout’ New Exercise Craze To Hit Philly

January 17, 2017 | CBS Philly
“You’re basically rocking out while you work out.”

Try Out Three Different Dance Classes During Three-hour Workshop 

January 12, 2017 | Philly Voice
“One South Philly studio is letting Philadelphians sample their various dance-fitness classes in a three-hour workshop. Before you sign up for a month of new workouts, you’ll know if you can hang.”

Free Zumba Class to be Offered Halloween Weekend 

October 18, 2016 | Philly Voice
“Philly Dance Fitness is celebrating Halloween with a special Zumba class sponsored by PhillyPlay on Oct. 29.”

Philadelphia Dance Day Prompts Free Dance Workshops Citywide

July 19, 2016 | Philly Voice
“The goal is to unite the community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.”

Free Fitness in Philly: Summer 2016 Roundup

July 18, 2016 | Philadelphia Inquirer
“Summer is the perfect time to be adventurous and shake up your tired fitness routine. Ditch your indoors routine for something that offers inspiration as well as perspiration.”

25 Things to do in Philly for Valentine’s Day 

February 10, 2016 |
Couples may pose for a shot in front of Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” statue or pass secrets to one another at the “Whispering Benches” in Fairmount Park to mark February 14 this year. The list of things to do in Philadelphia on and around Valentine’s Day, however, extends far beyond those two options.”

Top Budget Fitness Classes In Philadelphia

January 9, 2016 | CBS Philly
“You don’t have to break the bank to break a sweat. If you want to stay fit but need to stay on a budget, you should know that the Philadelphia area is loaded with fitness classes that don’t cost big bucks.”

For the Beyoncé Wannabes: Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop Coming Up

October 30, 2015 | Philly Mag: Be Well Philly
“The 90-minute cardio-pop/hip-hop Twerkshop will be taught entirely to Beyoncé music with a bit of Destiny’s Child thrown in the mix. There will be body rolls, there will be booty-popping and you will feel like Queen Bey, if only for a little over an hour.”

I Tried It: My Search for Philly’s Best (And Sweatiest) Dance Class

Sept 21, 2015 | Philly Mag: Be Well Philly
“Can a fun, sassy dance class really be a good workout? (Yes. Definitely yes.)”

Philadelphia Dance Day: Time to Put On Those Dancing Shoes

July 17, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer
“Even if you have two left feet and don’t know an arabesque from a pirouette, dancing can be a fun way to get your blood pumping and to raise your spirits. Creative expression is good for your body and your soul…”

Try Philly’s Best Dance Classes for Free on Dance Day

July 16, 2015 | Philly Voice
“If you’ve ever wanted to test out one of Philly’s premiere dance or dance-fitness classes, here’s your chance.”

Dance Like the Newsies With Philly Dance Fitness Tomorrow

March 6, 2015 | Philly Mag: Be Well Philly
“If learning the Newsies choreography on your own has proven too daunting, you’re in luck.”

5 Indoor Fitness Classes You Can’t Possibly Get Bored Of 

February 2, 2015 | Philly Mag: Be Well Philly
Philly’s best bets for bringing your workouts indoors when it’s just too darn cold to be outside.”

Get Your Groove On at Philly Dance Fitness

January 8, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer
“Baby, it is cold outside, but don’t worry, you can warm up this winter with some pulse beating dance moves at Philly Dance Fitness at one of their three locations – South Philly, Rittenhouse Square, and Midtown.”

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