Dance Classes Are the New Gyms

Your New Years Resolutions May Need a Few Revisions

It’s almost one month into 2013 and your list of resolutions is starting to look like a mountain you won’t be able to climb. Maybe you’ve settled into a routine of going to the gym, or you’re trying to get out of the house and run more, but there’s a problem: you are already getting bored with it.

Instead of lifting weights and taking on the treadmill this year, why not try something new and a little more creative: dancing. 

Dance may not be your area of expertise, but it doesn’t have to be. Studios all over town offer adult and children’s classes for beginners, and not only does it help you get into shape, but it also relieves stress, improves you balance, and works out your entire body all at once.

Santa Cruz county holds a variety of dance classes ranging from ballet to Irish Steppe, and several dance studios welcome newcomers to drop-in for a class. 

International Academy of Dance

Classes: Zumba, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Belly Dance Fusion, Irish Steppe

Price: $15 drop-in fee

More Information: http://www.iadance.com/adults3.html

Motion Pacific

Classes: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Burlesque, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary

Price: $14 drop-in fee

More Information: http://www.motionpacific.com/scheduleAdult.html

The Studio School of Classical Ballet

Classes: Ballet

Price: First class free to new students, $20 for one class

More Information: http://www.thestudioschoolofclassicalballet.com/programs.html

Dance at the Palomar Ballroom

Classes: Ballet, Ballroom, Country Two-Step, East Coast Swing, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Zumba, Line Dance

Price: $10 drop-in fee

More Information: http://www.palomarballroom.com/

Elaine’s Dance Studio

Classes: Ballet

Price: Contact studio

More Information: http://elainesdance.com/schedule/

Dance Synergy

Classes: Jazz, Zumba, Ballet, Belly Dance, Kickboxing, Cardio Dance, Dance Circuit

Price: $17 drop-in fee

More Information: http://www.dance-synergy.com/

Salsa Gente

Classes: Salsa

Price: $8 drop-in fee

More Information: http://www.salsagente.com/

Santa Cruz Dance Company

Classes: Zumba, Zumba Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba Toning

Price: $15 drop-in fee

More Information: http://santacruzdancecompany.com/

The 418 Project

Classes and Information: http://the418project.com/418classes/

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