I have been wanting to try Dancers Shape for a long time now. I have a friend who is such a fan that she has actually been blogging for the fitness studio as she preps for her wedding so I figured I should try a few classes to kick off my own New Year’s Resolutions.
I started with the most popular Shape class. Owner Jennifer McCamish is a former Radio City Rockette and created the techniques used in Shape based on her training and experience from being a Rockette. The class uses the ballet barre and traditional Pilates moves to strengthen your entire body, with a lot of emphasis on the core (always a plus as it will be bikini season before we know it!).
According to Jennifer, the most popular benefits from class according to regular clients are better posture and improving body aches. Class participants claim they are actually standing up taller and improving all sorts of standard body aches, particularly lower back and knee pain. To me what makes Dancers Shape really stand above the competition is the fact that all of the moves can be easily adjusted for any injuries; it makes a big difference when the instructors are so polite about it and encourage everyone to work to their personal best, not necessarily following what everyone else is doing.
While I can definitely see that regular attendance at Shape can fully affect your body’s shape when I learned about the Groove class on my first visit I was dying to come back and try it! The cardio dance class has an amazing soundtrack and is just a mix of old school and modern dance moves that leave you forgetting you are working out, but instead have the feel of being out dancing with your friends on the weekend! It’s a blast, and even those with little to no coordination will love it and be able to keep up enough to have a great workout.
One little piece of advice, the studio can be a little chilly when you first enter before warming up your body (sure it feels great in the summer though). So, I do recommend bringing a long sleeve workout shirt at least until you get moving and grooving in class. Find the full schedule of classes here.
5350 Burnett Road
Austin, TX 78756
Single classes are $22, and available at a discount when purchased in 5, 10, and 20 class card packs. There are currently a few new client specials, including a complimentary buy-one-get-one pass and one month of unlimited classes for $100.