Best Fitness And Dance Studios In Washington DC

January 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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For many, working out is not at the top of the list of things to do. This is usually because working out can be time consuming and just plain hard. That’s why dancing has always been a favorite form of exercise for a lot of people. The DC area has plenty of dance studios that offer classes geared toward help you with your fitness. Here are a few of the best studios in the area.

Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-4400

Belly dancing is associated with the Middle East and is often seen as a seductive dance performed for kings in history. But it is less a mysterious dance for the rich and powerful and more a social dance for celebrations. And after Shakira became a world-wide superstar, more people became interested in belly dancing as a way to get a toned core. Sahara Dance, voted Best Dance Class in DC in 2013, is where you want to go to get a great workout while learning a beautiful cultural art form.

Pole Pressure
1322 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 667-7653

Despite some common misconceptions, pole dancing is not necessarily exotic dancing. Pole dancing as a form of dance and exercise can be a tough and invigorating workout. It has recently been gaining popularity, including many contestants on “America’s Got Talent” showing off their skills. Pole Pressure will take you from barely making it off the ground to hanging upside down and doing tricks. You will learn how to defy gravity like the acrobats at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. You might not get that good, but it’s worth a try.

Jordin’s Paradise
1215 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 997-8211

Yoga is a great way to alleviate stress and get a workout at the same time. Taking a spin class is a great way to burn calories and feel like you worked out. Although they are both good choices if you want to exercise, they are not exactly fun. Jordin’s Paradise is equally fun and a quality workout. It offers classes in Zumba, pole yogalates, belly dancing, cardio kickboxing and pole dancing. Voted Best Dance Company in the City Paper Best of DC poll, this studio knows how to get you fit without feeling like you are being tortured.

Related: Best Dance Studios In D.C.

Coco Fitness  
Central United Methodist Church
4201 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 286-5115

Coco Fitness wants you to take care of your body so you can be the best you can be. It even has cooking classes so you can learn how to eat well and work out. Along with personal training classes, there is Zumba, yoga and dance fitness classes. Focusing on making healthier all around, these classes get you in shape while boosting your confidence. Just try not to have fun while Coco is teaching you how to break it down.

Chic Physique
4931 St. Elmo Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 718-2452

Chic Physique is serious about women having fun while exercising. The studio offers aerial, pole and conditioning classes that focus on building confidence and strength, rather than losing weight. But if you take these classes and stick with them, it will be hard not to lose weight. While learning the techniques of spinning, suspending upside down and hovering in the air, you will build muscles you didn’t even know you had. You never know, you just might fall in love with falling from the ceiling.

Related: Best Gym/Fitness Centers In The DC Area

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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