Best Of 2011: Dance Studio

Mark and Dorrie Wexler share a passion for providing women with a supportive fitness community to help them feel beautiful and confident. Notches in their rhinestone-studded belt include credit for introducing Zumba and clothed pole-dance fitness to the Springs. Additionally, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness offers "night club" salsa classes, a New York-style fusion of Puerto Rican and Cuban, which Mark says is "hot, hot, hot"; and TRX workouts, a suspended system of exercise using one's own body weight. In the works: Mark and Dorrie will be drastically slashing prices in October to thank new and old patrons for their loyalty. Now that's something to kick your heels up about. — Suzie Calvin

Best Of 2010: Dance Studio

In my past life, I was a yoga booty ballerina. A zumba dance floor queen. A sorceress of the salsa. I'm sure of it. Unfortunately, in this life, I am a klutz and a curse upon any dance instructor. Now, that said, I have taken a few casual classes with the good folks of Springs Salsa, and I gotta tell you, these people are patient and good-hearted. Not only were they helpful, but they corrected my misplaced feet and my jerky hips without making me feel like an idiot, and without taking the fun out of it. Springs Salsa, which has won this category all three years we've had it, offers about 40 classes a week at two locations in everything from Salsa to Masala Bhangra to (my favorite name) Yoga Booty Ballet. Co-owner Mark Wexler says the studio concentrates on fitness dancing, nightclub salsa, pole dance fitness — don't worry, you keep your clothes on — and TRX, a type of suspended-weights training system. Teachers are certified, and in many cases, Wexler and others have trained with the original inventors of new fitness dances. — J. Adrian Stanley


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