As Zumba’s insanely popular Latin-inspired fitness program transforms international dance tunes and high-energy dance parties pop up all over D.C., so are Zumba studios. These tried and true favorites promise skilled instructors, great variety and all of the dance your cardio can handle.
1121 7th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Price: $25 walk-in; membership plans start at $59 a month
Forget overcrowded group fitness classes at major gym franchises and head on over to Jordin’s Paradise for one-on-one attention and smaller classes in a unique, boutique-style gym. In addition to Zumba classes, Jordin’s Paradise also features Zumba Toning classes which focus more on body sculpting moves and incorporate the use of toning sticks to target trouble spots including arms, legs, glutes and abs. Jordin’s Paradise also features other group classes such as belly dancing, bikini body boot camp and pole dance aerobics.
Joy of Motion at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20002
Price: $17 walk-in/student discount plans available
The Joy of Motion Dance Center provides a wide variety of dance classes, including Zumba, for all ages and abilities. In classes taught by professionally trained Zumba instructors, participants will increase their strength, improve their flexibility and burn a ton of calories in just one hour. This non-profit dance facility works to make dance classes accessible to everyone. Its facility also offers tap, ballet, modern and hip-hop dance classes, summer camps and workshops as well as dance programs geared toward kids, teens and senior citizens.
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Excel Movement Studios
3407 8th St. Northeast
Washington, DC 20017
Price: $15 walk-in/$60 for six-week session
Since 1998, Excel Movement Studios has brought Pilates, yoga and other group fitness classes to D.C.-area residents. No experience is required to participate in Zumba classes at the studio every Wednesday night. Beginners are encouraged this super-accessible Zumba class. The 5,000-square-foot facility also provides Pilates classes including the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning program, apparatus and wall-unit classes.
Sugar and Spice Fitness for Women
916 G St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Price: $15 walk-in/$100 10-day pass
Whether you want to bring sexy back or preserve your sexiness, Sugar and Spice Fitness for Women has a group fitness class just for you. Zumba is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at two locations — 545 7th St. Southeast in Capitol Hill and 1529 16th St. Northwest in Dupont Circle with additional locations in Maryland and Virginia coming soon. Sugar and Spice Fitness for Women also offers Piloxing, which combines Pilates with boxing, as well as video vixen, exotic fitness 101 and sexy chair dance classes.
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Vida Fitness Metropole
1517 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
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After a rough day at work, cheer yourself up with a Zumba class at Vida Fitness Metropole. Located just a few blocks from Logan Circle, Vida Fitness offers Zumba classes in the evenings most days of the week as well as both morning and early afternoons on weekends. Vida Fitness Metropole also features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, personal trainers, a gear shop, a fuel bar and spa all in one location. Membership benefits include a fitness assessment, guest passes for family and friends as well as discounts at the spa, local restaurants and retailers.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.