Boston’s Best Fitness And Dance Studios

January 6, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Dancesport Academy of New England/Facebook)

One of the inarguable keys to a healthy life is fitness, so Bostonians need access to great places to get and stay fit. The numerous dance studios in town are one way, and quite a fun one, to stay in shape. Other options are fitness studios that teach everything from pilates to ballet fitness classes. Learn something new or stay with a tried-and-true routine at one of Boston’s best fitness and dance venues. In a city where it is so easy to get around, virtually every type of fitness is accessible.
(Photo from The Bar Method/Facebook)

(Photo from The Bar Method/Facebook)

The Bar Method
234 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-4455

The Bar Method features hybrid fitness approaches in an effort to combine several common goals in their outcomes. The method has noticeably high intensity intervals, which is meant to put the body into fat-burning mode. Bar exercises and stretches sculpt the body in much the same way dancers target muscle groups, while mat work is similar to yoga and pilates. The workouts taught at The Bar Method rely almost exclusively on mat and bar exercise with some use of free weights.

(Photo from Dancesport Academy of New England/Facebook)

(Photo from Dancesport Academy of New England/Facebook)

Dancesport Academy of New England
384 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-7850

Ballroom dances like foxtrot and swing are intense aerobic exercises. Expect to break a sweat at most of the classes offered by Dancesport Academy of New England. It has Latin, Indian, American and European ballroom dance styles that take quite a bit of effort on the part of the learner. However, the upside is that it is more than just fitness, though the fitness side can lead to lean legs, strong posture and more. Students are also learning a skill that can be used at weddings, competitions or even as a career.

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(Photo from The Dance Complex/Facebook)

(Photo from The Dance Complex/Facebook)

The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-9363

The Dance Complex offers a diverse variety of dance ranging from intensely physical styles to styles that will help just about anyone stay fit. Classes, which are often on a drop-in basis, include West African, hip hop, ballet, Bollywood, break dancing, contemporary, hooping and much more. Everyone from beginners to experts can come and learn at The Dance Complex. These studios also host auditions and performances for students and aspiring dancers to get a little more out of their fitness routines.

The Z Spot
121 E. Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 338-7768

The Z Spot is all about Zumba, an all-levels dance and aerobics hybrid that is one of the biggest fitness fads in the U.S. This Zumba studio has Zumba for kids, Zumba specifically for toning and even water Zumba, known as Aqua Zumba, which is offered by the studio at an off-site location. Students will notice a variety of personalities in the instructors and will be able to choose the energy and style that fits them best. One constant throughout is upbeat and high-energy Latin music.

(Photo from Boston Pole Fitness/Facebook)

(Photo from Boston Pole Fitness/Facebook)

Boston Pole Fitness
18 Fordham Road
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 963-0315

Pole dancing is a sexy and invigorating way to get a workout. Boston Pole Fitness takes this typically sexualized form of dance and makes it all about the fitness. Students are trained on how to safely perform pole dances and tricks to maximize the physical benefits. Prospective pole dancers do not have to worry if they do not have any experience. Sure, hanging on that pole seems scary, but there are beginner, intermediate and advanced classes so everyone works out at their comfort level.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at