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Speakers are pounding. Toes are tapping and fingers are snapping. This doesn’t sound typical for a Monday night but for many dance students in Dallas this has become a staple for their weekly routine.

“Our nine o’clock class is our burlesque hour and tonight’s feature is hip hop and heels so they do kind of a sexy, sassy, fun number to hip hop music, said Owner of Centre for Dance Susan Armijo.

Centre for Dance has reopened in Dallas under new ownership. A variety of classes are offered from hip hop hussle to burlesque.

“There’s a little bit of a misconception about burlesque and so we try to keep it clean here so they can do it anywhere,” said Armijo.

Burlesque classes have been around for quite some time but with the new burlesque movie hitting the cinema featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera popularity of the dance style is on the rise.

“Anything in heels is a great workout,” said dance student Kristy McBride. “They get the chair involved and everything working your legs, your butt and your abs. I think it’s an overall whole body workout.”

Hip hop heels which was the burlesque style feature of the night may be one of the more popular adult classes but Centre for Dance offers classes for every dance craving.

“We have a great, big adult following so we like to have a lot of adults and a lot of children,” said Armijo. “We start younger then a lot of other dance studios. We start at eighteen months old with mommy, daddy and me classes.”

Armijo herself has a little on on the way and has been taking dance classes through the majority of her pregnancy.

“I love it,” said Armijo. “Dancing and music twenty four seven. It’s who I am and it’s who I’ve always wanted to be. I’m very fortunate that I can do that.”

Armijo has equipped Centre for Dance with a solid team of all star dancers including a former Los Angeles Clippers dancer and several, former Dallas pro team dance members.

“Never be afraid to come try it,” said dance instructor Shannon Reznick. “We have such a variety of backgrounds and we’re able to really work with somebody and make them feel comfortable.”

“I’ve had people come in and have never had dance before and then they never leave,” said dance instructor Geena Ngaaje.

From beginner to advance dancers individuals are encourage to come in and try various sessions to find the class that best suits their style.

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Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.


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  1. Burlesque Fitness Classes - Hip Hop Dance and High Heel Dance - Video and Review Says:

    […] I wanted to brace myself for the simulated sexual shenanigans that went on during a burlesque class, so I decided to go all “Mary Tyler Moore” and cover it for DFW Reporting. Check out the dance moves and full story here. […]

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