INSTEAD OF REPS, pounds and circuits, deciding to try an old-school exercise option might involve getting to know ords like pliés, chassé and arabesques. Adult dance classes have become the artistic, freeing alternative to the StairMaster or treadmill. The appeal of using both your brain and your body to follow steps and routines has caught on, aided by TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Local studios teach a wide range of styles to fit different tastes and activity levels. Research shows dance is a potent source of “good
mood chemicals,” aka endorphins, released naturally through movement and sweat, but on a simpler note, “Everyone
is welcome to come to dance classes,” says Alan Scofield, a teacher at RoCo Dance and Fitness and College of Marin.
Who takes adult dance classes? There’s a genre for every personality. Annie Parr, director of RoCo Dance and Fitness
and a dancer, choreographer and teacher, says, “Those who take dance are people who have enjoyed dance class on and
off throughout their lives, those who have always wanted to take dance classes but never did until now, and those who are
looking for more stimulation mentally and physically in their daily lives and workout.” Alicia Cardoza, dance teacher at
the Performing Arts Academy of Marin, agrees: “All different types of adults take dance classes but most are not involved
in dance professionally like myself; they are hardworking adults with tech or finance jobs, college grads and moms who
all share the passion, hard work and athleticism that dance has.”
Adult dance classes are the new alternative to ho-hum gym workouts.
BY KIER HOLMES