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Best Fitness And Dance Studios In Los Angeles

January 6, 2014 5:00 AM

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Dancing for exercise has long been the excuse for those who prefer to pursue an art form while getting their collective heart rates up and running at the right speed. In the City of Angeles, where keen performances takes precedence for many a struggling artist and where even those who are not artistically inclined get in on the action, this form of exercise is the best way to accomplish two very important life practices at once. For the best in dance classes at studios that also encourage fitness, consider the following five.

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Studio A Dance
2306 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-8311
www.studioadance.com

The best dance studio in Los Angeles with community spirit is Studio A and the best teacher in the Southland who runs the place as well as teaches classes is Bill Brown. This gentle yet effective instructor turns dance into a workout without clients even knowing that’s what’s happening because everyone is having so much fun. Brown’s warm-up is full of yoga moves that make you feel as if you are mastering that ancient art and his encore is to lead the group in a dance combination that is entirely enjoyable.

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Learn Salsa
Various Locations
Los Angeles, CA
www.learnsalsa.com

Latin dancing can be not only a joyful activity, but the art form can also bring your cardio performance up to optimum level. Salsa is one of the best of these ballroom staples for that purpose, especially when you go full out in a class meant to challenge. Learn Salsa has many of those classes as well as scheduled bootcamps that last four and six hours and are meant to get you up to speed in a single day. Private lesson are also on offer at this tantalizing studio.

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Pacific Arts Center
10469 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 481-9966
www.pacificartscenter.com

Is pole dancing something that you’d like to face head on? Head on over to the Pacific Arts Center on the west side for some well rehearsed instruction on the art of navigating the pole to not only get your sexy back but to also enjoy a workout beyond compare. This kind of dancing may seem simple but the moves executed can become as difficult as you can handle while getting you in shape for a performance of your own, be that in private or in public. Without doubt, you’ll be ready after a few sessions working the pole in a dance that puts you in the spotlight.

Related: The Best Dance Studios In Los Angeles

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Ballroom Blitz
4878 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 258-0029
www.ballroomblitz.org

For a decade, professional dancer Suzannah and her jack-of-all-trades husband have been running this multi-tasking dance studio in Eagle Rock, garnering raves for the variety as well as the excellent instruction provided. There are all kinds of lessons on offer at this diversified studio, but one of the most unusual to be found anywhere in the City of Angeles are those that teach the 70s staple: the hustle. A resurgence of the dance that John Travolta made famous in “Saturday Night Fever” is back at Ballroom Blitz. One-on-one coaching is available at this east side venue, so get your groove on by signing up now.

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Dance Garden
3407 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 660-4556
www.dancegardenla.com

Have you ever seen a belly dancer who isn’t in shape? No doubt, belly dancing does a body good and to get in the swing of this exotic dance, take lessons at Dance Garden where the focus is on this seductive art form. Learn to shimmy and shake with the best of them. A full schedule takes you through the paces of this ancient dance form that will have everyone sweating and smiling by the end of each invigorating class.

Related: LA’s Best Ballroom Studios in Los Angeles

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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