Learn to dance with adult dance classes and belly-dancing classes
Try one of these adult dance classes or belly-dancing classes and learn to dance like a burlesque performer while getting fit.
Tue Sep 11 2012
Photograph: Francine Daveta
Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp
Work up a sweat while finding out how to get a special someone hot and bothered with these adult dance classes and belly-dancing classes. Plus, learn to dance for less with three exclusive TONY deals. And if you’re looking to pick up tips from the pros, check out the best burlesque shows in NYC.
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Belly Dance at Bamboo Moves
Get ready to shimmy and shake with this sweat-inducing workout. Instructor Lynn fuses five different styles (African, Arab, Greek, Moroccan and Turkish) with her own Latin roots to create an hour-long, cardio-heavy butt-kicking that firms your arms and abs. Chest lifts, stomach rolls and hip gyrations are set to the beat of an international soundtrack, and the last ten minutes of each class are dedicated to “free dancing” around the studio. After a few of these sessions, you may even put Shakira to shame. • 107-40 Queens Blvd between 70th Rd and 71st Ave, suite 206, Forest Hills, Queens (718-263-0788, bamboomovesyoga.com). Wed 8:45pm; Sun 10:30am; single class $20. Mention TONY when booking to receive $5 off your first class through Oct 13.
Burlesque Dance at Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp
The art of the striptease gives fitness full-on sex appeal. The first 30 minutes of this ladies-only class are a warm-up that combines strength training, yoga, ballet, plyometrics and cardio. After push-ups and tricep dips, students learn a sassy burly-Q combination filled with kicks, turns and sultry shimmies. The more you strut, the more you’ll notice your jiggly bits firming up and, before you realize it, the only things wiggling will be your hips. • 151 W 26th Street between Sixth and Seventh Aves (347-248-2533, burlesquebikinibootcamp.com). Mon, Wed 6pm and 7pm; Sat 10am; single class $25. Use the online code TONY when registering for class to get a ten-pack of classes for $89 (regularly $180) through Oct 15.
Pole Dance at Body & Pole
Classes at the only coed stripcentric fitness studio in the city will work muscles you never even knew you had. The 90-minute full-body workout kicks off with a half hour of dance-based conditioning to help strengthen the core and upper body. Beginners then learn how to flirtatiously—and gracefully—walk around the pole and practice floor work, fan kicks, hip rolls and basic spins. You’ll leave with burning abs—and a newfound appreciation for Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike crew. • 115 W 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-334-6900, bodyandpole.com). Daily 10am–10pm; single class $25. Use online code TONY to get a discounted three-class package for $69 (regularly $75) through Sept 27.