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Best Fitness And Dance Studios In Sacramento

January 6, 2014 5:00 AM

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Dance, stomp, swing and tango your way to fitness. The River City has studios that will make you smile as you get in shape. Make no mistake, dancing isn’t for the faint of heart. You will work up a sweat, and your heart rate will rise. Whether you’re working out on a pole or waltzing your way across the boards, you’ll be more fit when the music stops at these Sacramento studios.

Spotlight Dance And Fitness
2534 Industrial Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 649-3269
www.spotlightdancesport.com

You may think that you have two left feet, but taking a lesson here may just prove that you really can dance. The variety here should fit just about any level of dancer and fitness. If you’re new to dancing, the lessons will put you at ease. The choices are many with swing, salsa, bachata, waltz, cha-cha and more. You will be surrounded by welcoming instructors and others who, like you, are dancing for fun and fitness.

Step 1 Dance And Fitness
1920 T St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 448-7837
www.step1danceandfitness.com

If high-energy and creative workouts are what you have in mind, Step 1 may be the fit for you. It offers “group fitness for all levels.” You may join at any time, as the classes are ongoing. Known for its challenging, creative dances, you’ll be among like-minded souls dancing to hip hop, ballet, jazz and LA-style jazz. You just may find that you like it enough to shuffle your way through multiple styles, smiling all the way.

Kids Dance & Fitness
1850 Del Paso Road
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 607-5625
www.kidsdanceandfitness.com

Kids Dance & Fitness is not just for kids. Adults are dancing here too. From 2 1/2 years old and up, finding a class that suits your children, and you, is actually quite easy. For the little ones, ballet, tap, creative movement, jazz and pee-wee hip hop will keep them moving. For the adults, there’s Max Muscle Bootcamp, a total body workout, a dancer’s workout and a fusion-style conditioning class called Balletone. Need more? How about Zumba to get you moving to fitness? All of it is right here under one roof.

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Firehouse 5 Dance
2014 B 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 549-5299
www.thefirehousefive.com

Tango anyone? How about tango in an old fire station? Chris Peake and Dan Printz put the two together. Tango is an energetic and very entertaining dance that will get your heart rate up in no time. While tango is the biggie here, it shares the space with blues, salsa and swing. If you’ve ever seen any of these, you’ll know that getting fit is a well-known side effect of moving your feet in time with the tango, salsa and swing beats.

Yamaya Salsa
1791 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 524-0211
www.yamayasalsa.com

Salsa dancing is energetic, spirited and bound to take you to a better fitness level. Not only that, it has a rich history in the world of dance. Yamaya Salsa offers multiple classes and levels of instruction. Latin social dances have the floor here. Instruction is by Emelie, who has been teaching for over 30 years. That’s a lot of dance time. What you end up with is a much more toned and healthy self, not bad for taking the time to learn salsa dancing. If you catch the salsa bug, you could end up on Yamaya’s dance team.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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