Dancing On My Own

Hello again, I can’t believe it’s Saturday afternoon and I am just now getting around to blogging. This week was a stressful one full of meetings, late nights with the laptop in bed and I found myself struggling to keep positive.

Here’s what helped – red wine and chicken pot pie on a Thursday, sweat dates with hubs and reminding myself that in a few days we are off to see friends in Breckenridge and snowboard!

Annnnd back to title of this post..I am wrapping up my first month of Class Pass and decided to get out of my comfort zone with class selections this week. I’ve been mostly sampling spin, barre and circuit classes..which I love, don’t get me wrong, but I feel comfortable and confident tackling those workouts. To shake things up a bit, I signed up for two cardio dance classes..eek..it’s been YEARS since I danced (high school) so I knew I’d be rusty but dancing makes me happy ,so I swallowed my pride and signed up.

Body By Simone

I dove right in and  signed up for the Sunday dance cardio dance class with Jasmine. If you haven’t heard of BBS..then you likely do not follow celebrity fitness trends haha :).. famous clients include Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Reese Witherspoon. Simone is a very likable, petite, ex-professional dancer that has a large fan following in NYC and LA. She recently released a line of DVD’s and has online streaming classes, so the whole world can access her method.

Guys..I got owned..but I still smiled as I saw my reflection in the mirror and awkwardly tried to catch on to the fast-paced choreography. This class would be reeeeally tough for people who have never danced (for at least a few years) or are new to 8-count choreography. The 6-7 strings of choreography loop over the course of one song, but keep in mind, it’s very fast-paced choreography! I was huffing and puffing after the second song concluded..but the upbeat music and class setting made me forget I was getting such a great workout in.

Jasmine, the instructor, smiled the entire hour and didn’t look tired  as she danced along with us. She was warm and positive – just what you need when you really want to take a break and slack off a bit.

The studio is off 11th and is a really nice, large, open space. They had clean showers with lots of space to get ready if you need to go to work or freshen up.

I plan to return for another dance cardio class, but have my eye on the trampoline class..classes at BBS book quickly, so expect to be flexible with class availability and timing.

Doonya

When I scanned through the studio description and read “Bollywood dance inspired class”..I decided Doonya would make the perfect Wednesday date night activity and the hubs agreed. He’s a realllly good sport, obviously.  The studio is located in NoMad and I arrived ten minutes early to sign waivers and get changed. The front desk and changing area was small, but the studio was well lit (I hate dark, window less rooms).

The actual class format was fun, easy to follow and very energizing! Similar to BBS, you repeat a handful of 8 counts over the course of a song, but this was not nearly as technical..just fun! The teacher was very warm, encouraging and added her own personal touches of “sass” to the moves. A few power moves like burpees and jump squats were peppered in to get the burn going a bit more. It was fun to see other men in the class, often at dance classes it is primarily female – love that about NYC!

On the sweat scale haha, I made that up, I would rank it a 6/10.  I was smiling throughout the class and enjoyed the choreography, it was just different movements and sequences but not so overly complicated that I felt intimidated. Doonya also does a great job of cultivating a positive environment through their staff and it truly is a “happy workout”.

Have you tried a cardio dance class before?

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