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Seasoned instructors guide students of all ages and skill levels through a quintet of classes. Founders Barb and Dina lead participants through an ever-changing tapestry of free-flowing moves in More than Dance, their own beat-driven fitness concoction that marries dance and martial arts with a philosophy of healing. Teachers also lead low-impact hoop sculpting workouts, as well as intense yet fun strength-training sessions. For a more ecumenical approach to rhythm, they round out their class offerings with Zumba and Zumba/Hip Hop classes. See the full schedule here.
Dina Innominato firmly believes that "everybody knows how to dance, even if they think they can't." To prove this assertion, she opened up a neighborhood dance haven with her friend and fellow dance enthusiast Barb Duff in 2003. Over the course of eight years, the passionate duo has taught more than 4,700 classes and seen more than 75,000 students aged 7 to 70 walk through an intimate, mirror-lined studio, previously named Nia Underground. Since opening, they've acquired a team of instructors to help broaden the spread of classes, which now includes hoop sculpting and strength-training courses. Whether they're teaching students in the studio's signature More than Dance classcreated and trademarked by both Innominato and Duffor in the globally-inspired Zumba class, they work to cultivate a supportive and noncompetitive space where people with and without previous dance experience can let loose, shed pounds, and learn new ways to ceremoniously lacerate rugs.
After descending the stairs to the subterranean dance space bathed in soft, red LED lights, students leave their differences at the door. According to a glowing feature in the Capitol Hill Times, all participants, regardless of age, build, or experience level, "move togetherhooting and hollering" as they joyously shake, rattle, and electric-slide across the hardwood floor.
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