A 10am dance party

My best bud Natalie lives in San Francisco. This is very inconvenient for hanging out. But when she does grace the East Coast (or when I visit her out West) we easily fall back into old routines.

Nat and me
Nat and me

She was in New York for a short weekend and I gave a lot of thought to what fitness classes we could take together. Nat’s pretty into working out too. Specifically, she’s a SoulCycle addict. She goes about 5x a week at home but as frequent readers know, spinning is a no-go for me because of my ankle. So that was out. (Don’t feel too bad, she went without me A FEW TIMES during her East Coast jaunt).

I threw some NYC class ideas her way and she was most excited about 305 Fitness. 305 Fitness is a dance class located in the West Village. I’ll let the Betches blog give you some basics.

We took a 10am Sunday morning “Legs” class. The legs notation just means there was a dedicated 5 minutes of squats and lunges, which I enjoyed, but isn’t really necessary if you’re dancing non-stop for one hour.

Being in a room with black-lights and a live DJ at 10am is very weird. Usually dancing is an end-of-day activity, not a pre-breakfast date.  Also, I realized I may have some personal and unfair bias against classes that don’t use weights. I kept looking around the room thinking: everyone calm down we’re just going move around a bit. Which once the class got going, I realized wasn’t a very fair assessment. The class was absolutely challenging.

gotta take a selfie

As for the “dancing”, I don’t truly need quotes there, it is dancing. But more precisely, it’s mimicking a Bat Mitzvah dancer for an hour. There is no real routine. It’s lot of jumping and switching directions. As in: jump and do the box step facing the front of the room, and then the left side of the room, etc.

Historically, I love cheesing dancing like this where the ratio of energy to skill is 100:1, but I couldn’t totally relax and enjoy the class once I realized we’d be jumping the entire time. I was too nervous about my ankle. I did try to go with the flow, but it wasn’t like old me. (I am that girl at your wedding dancing with your uncle when everyone has been asked to sit down for dinner.)

The instructor was awesome (Natalia)! She had a great attitude, welcoming, fun, upbeat. She also had abs I wanted to touch. (I didn’t.)

We chose spots in the back, but it didn’t matter. Since the front of the class rotated, we were in the front a lot of the time.

Nat and I had a lot of fun, mostly laughing at ourselves. This class was terrible for my ankle though. I’ve been sore for a few days since but hopefully things will go back to good with some rest, positive vibes, and a prescription-grade anti-inflammatory.

Has anyone else tried 305? Or any other dance class?


  1. July 30, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Ya… Even went for one last week Tuesday and have another tomorrow…

    • Nicole
      July 30, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Ya? Are you a regular?

      • July 30, 2015 / 3:57 pm

        Nah… Not really… Only when I get the chance… But it’s Art till I DIE for me…

      • August 2, 2015 / 4:42 pm

        Not really… Only when I get the chance to,that is if am not drawing. .. But it’s dance all the way for me

  2. July 30, 2015 / 9:02 am

    I’ve done Zumba a few times but I’m SO un coordinated that I couldn’t really get into it since I just couldn’t grab onto the cues.

    • Nicole
      July 30, 2015 / 9:06 am

      Ha!! Did you have fun anyway?? I feel like it may be more about moving around then being talented at it (at least I personally hope!)

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