Real talk: I used to think dance classes were for people who couldn’t handle “real” workout classes like Barry’s Bootcamp. Dance classes didn’t seem hardcore enough for me. Then one of two things happened. Either I got over myself or these classes got harder, probably both. Look around any of these dance classes and you see (mostly) women who are way stronger than me.
Today’s fitness market is packed, and it shouldn’t surprise you that New York City has many dance-focused offerings. They range far beyond traditional options like Zumba or Ballet. Some of the classes use dance to complement strength workouts within one session. Here’s a rundown of the dance classes currently trending in New York.
When a rep from the Philly-based allongée studio invited me to review their pop-up classes in New York, I was immediately into it. I vibed with their cool French name (which translates in English to “elongate”) and their gentle, warm, all lower-case, non-corporate website, oh and I love a barre-based workout. (See Pop Physique, Physique 57)
allongée hosts classes out of a studio space at Arts on Site at 12 St. Marks Place. This is the same building that Yoga to the People hosts classes. allongée hopes to open a studio in NYC in the next year or so,
Coincidentally, when I first moved to NY, I looked at an apartment right next to the Arts on Site building. While the block has changed a bit since 2012, it’s still party central. According to the NY Post, “there are an astonishing 32 liquor licenses within 500 feet.” There doesn’t seem to be a count of the head shops. My mom captured the scene by saying, “You might accidentally get a tattoo if you live here.”
Anyway, the apartment had no real windows and cost 100 million human dollars plus broker fee, so I moved elsewhere.
Please sit back and relax as you board this bicycle built for two headed down fitness memory lane.
When I lived in DC I briefly saw a personal trainer. I think I got 3 free sessions with a new gym membership. That trainer was obsessed with the rowing machine. I had never used one before and my introduction to the rower was characteristically spastic. I remember struggling to work the electronic monitor and once that was sorted, to look like a vaguely normal person when fake rowing. I always got my feet stuck in the sneaker cages, which I argued to the trainer posed a serious evacuation hazard. To date, aside from a few brief dances with the rower at the fhitting room, those training sessions were my only interaction with the machine.
Until last week.