If you ask us, dance is the natural choice to shed pounds, mostly because it’s too fun to quit. Choose a Discover level class and get moving in a low pressure environment - the name of the game is having a good time and working up a sweat.
Before barre fit became a thing, before Zumba, there was Dance 101. A fitting name to describe the first dance studio of its kind, Dance 101 is for adults of any and every level of training, from beginners who want to learn to move to music to professionals looking to perfect their pirouettes and gravity-defying leaps. Owner Ofelia de La Valette had a passion for dance her whole life. She was intrigued by a professional dance class going on next door to her gym and she jumped in, despite her lack of practice - then she was hooked, and just kept coming back. She left her lucrative career in the insurance industry, and Dance 101 was born. If you ask us, dance is the natural choice to shed pounds, mostly because it’s too fun to quit, and Ofelia felt the same way when she opened Dance 101. She created a studio where any adult, no matter what level, can come and get a great workout while having fun and feeling fab. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got just the thing for you, Scouts. Choose a Discover level class, either Dance Fitness or Dancer’s Stretch, and get moving in a low pressure environment - the name of the game is having a good time and working up a sweat.
Taught by fitness competitor and former Atlanta Hawks Dance Team member Desiree Nathanson, Dance Fitness is the ‘90s hip-hop dance party of your dreams. You’ll booty pop, shimmy, shoot glitter guns (it makes sense, trust us), and you may even learn how to twerk. Sounds like it’s all fun and games, but the workout is intense - you’ll definitely leave class wearing her famous Shorts of Soreness. The high-energy soundtrack might feature an East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop battle, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing the Reebok to Space Jam. (Yes, that Space Jam). Desiree’s energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor will get you moving, and you’ll be happy about it. She offers modifications for all levels, so if you’re like us and think burpees are the devil’s work, you don’t have to do ‘em. But you DO have to keep that butt shaking, no matter what.
If you’re more on the mellow side of fitness, Ofelia’s Dancer’s Stretch is the perfect mix of musicality and movement. Suffering from a torn ACL, Ofelia found she had more mobility and less pain when she stretched, and this class is the combination of her passion for dance and years of rehab - it’s also the longest running class at Dance 101. You’ll follow along as she leads stretches that move along to the music in a (simply) choreographed routine. The tunes are an important part of the class - during the conditioning section, the music is upbeat to motivate you to get stronger, and the stretching part is more melodic, so you can get lost in songs by artists like Florence & the Machine and Massive Attack. It’s a class for a true beginner or anyone who could go for elongating their muscles (pretty sure that’s all of us). When someone asks, “so, you think you can dance?” The answer will always be yes.