Here at the Void office, sometimes we’re guilty of working too hard and not taking in as much exercise as we should.
But a recent trip to the local Dance Trance studio in Neptune Beach was just the kick in the butt we needed.
On a day when a free class was offered to anyone willing to give it a shot, a group of 6 from the Void team put on our workout gear and headed over to the studio.
While walking into the studio that’s designed so well it could pass for a banquet reception location, we all quickly got into position as a traditional group fitness class would.
But when the music started playing and the instructor began with the commands, all of us quickly learned this wasn’t anything like a traditional fitness class.
Dance Trance was created by Jay Handline as a workout program for all students that love music and dance. It is not a traditional dance fitness program and is different in design from dance fitness programs that have previously been introduced. It covers such a large array of music venues, is offered in different skill levels, and also includes a social network that members can belong to and associate with as members.
Dance Trance is usually divided into three levels; Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. This gives students the opportunity to pick a class that is fast enough for them or one where they want to receive instruction. Offering a different levels is extremely successful because students can enter at a level where they feel most comfortable and progress up to higher levels of technique.
The DT choreography is created in a manner that allows students to pick up combinations as they learn. The musical phrases (verses, chorus, bridge, and instrumentals) are all choreographed so that movements also repeat with the phrases. Although students learn many songs in a class, they are able to pick up on this method of teaching and learn the combinations as they are working out even if they don’t attend beginner’s level classes.
Much to our surprise, the dance moves were relatively easy to learn. The instructor took careful notice and used hand signals instead of a microphone to signal when to do the next move that made adapting fairly easy.
And since we were all beginners, we were happy to learn there were varying levels of class difficulty for those of us who took a liking to a newer style of working out. All in all everyone worked up a sweat and had a heck of a time.
Here are a few of the pictures from our time during the class….
If you’re interested in taking a Dance Trance class or want to learn more, be sure to check out their website or call the super friendly staff at 904-246-4600