The class has three parts – barre work, stretching, floor work. The atmosphere is light and stoic at the same time. Everyone trying their hardest to not mess up, but we all do eventually. It takes a while to remember the names of 60% of the steps, but eventually the rust falls off or you can always follow someone else in the mirror. Floor work is a little more light hearted and easy going, with each line taking turns in front. Ending class with turns and a few jumps will make sure you leave the class with a light sweat at the very least.
Let’s talk about stretching for a hot second – holy shit, stretch before class. I’m not the fittest person on the internet, but I work out about four-five times a week. There is zero exaggeration when I tell you it was an effort to get out of bed the next day. My hip flexors and calves were sore for at least two days. Honestly, every time I took a step all I could hear is Nelson Muntz yelling, “Ha ha!” in my head. So if you don’t think you are going to get a work out, think again. You’ll spend 90 minutes working all those teeny muscles you haven’t used in years and it will be glorious and horrible all at the same time.
If you’re a former dancer with an ache for your love of dance or simply have a previous background in dance and just want to get a good, new work out definitely check this out. If you are brand new to dancing, I would definitely recommend taking a beginner work shop before taking class. There is assumption of knowledge for things such as first, second, fourth, fifth positions, arms, french terms for barre exercises, etc. Also, if you have a little social anxiety about taking fitness classes I would recommend breaking into a few cycling or yoga classes first. Even though the atmosphere is very friendly, it’s a little hard not to feel judged with all those mirrors everywhere.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge into ClassPass but would like to relieve the glory of your dancing youth, classes are available for purchase through the school.