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5 Toe-Tappin' Dance Classes in Aspen

Shannon Asher | Photo by Rosalie O'Connor | November 15, 2016 | Lifestyle Best of The Best Play

It is never too late to pick up a new hobby. Why not start with dance? Forget what you've always thought about dancing—remove the images of tutus, ballet slippers and tap shoes from your mind. Dance has expanded into so much more, and trends are now proving that adults love to dance too. The way the music moves your soul is an unexplainable feeling that everyone needs to experience for themselves. For years, studio owners have been dipping into adults' desire to move their feet by offering adult dance classes. Whether you have been a dancer all of your life or you are just starting out, there is something for everyone here in Aspen.
BARRE NONE Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company members warm up before the show.
1. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

It takes a very patient individual to respond to ballet’s precision and discipline, mastering the relentless repetition of positions and combinations. Understanding and appreciating ballet takes time; it takes passion. For those longing for the barre, Craig Black, veteran Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company member, holds an open-level adult ballet class where you’ll get more than just ballet instruction. For us mere mortals, ballet is a metaphor for life. $16 for open-level adult ballet class, Tuesdays, 8:15-9:45am, ASFB studio, Aspen Colorado Mountain College, 255 Sage Way, 970.925.7740,

2. Pure Barre

Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat; tones your thighs, abs and arms; and burns fat in record-breaking time. By taking Pure Barre classes, you will burn calories and gain lean muscle. Its low-impact, isometric movements target and tone certain areas of your body, and your heart rate will go up and down depending on how hard you work. $28, 620 E. Hyman Ave., 970.170.1501,

3. Shakti Shala

Experience yoga in the most authentic way at Shakti Shala. The Shakti Shala, meaning house of true empowerment, exists to serve as a high vibration space in the downtown core of Aspen. This is Aspen’s premier yoga & meditation studio with both in-studio and mountaintop offerings. Aiming to attract, inspire, support and invite everyone—visitors and locals alike—to step more deeply into themselves, into their power, grace, humility, radiance, compassion, and their unconditional love and connectedness with the self and one another. $25, 535 E. Hyman Ave., 970.925.1655,

4. O2 Aspen

O2 Aspen is Aspen’s favorite boutique fitness center featuring yoga, aerial yoga, Pilates, personal training and more. Studio director and yoga therapist Evan Soroka carefully crafts a class schedule that highlights the best instructors on the western slope, ensuring that each class includes strengthening, lengthening, toning and breathing. In addition to the classes, O2 is the first in Aspen to offer yoga therapy, an alternative to traditional physical therapy. It is strongly encouraged that all clients build a meditation practice and offer private and group classes that help guide one toward the most important tool in his or her practice, the breath. $22, 500 W. Main St., 970.925.4002,

5. Aspen Tango

The scene at the Aspen Red Brick Recreation Center on Wednesday nights is something straight out of a Dirty Dancing movie. Heather Morrow, founder of Aspen Tango, primarily teaches the style of Argentine tango. It is an improvisational partner dance with very specific supporting roles of lead and follow. These roles connect in tango like a lock and key to create blissful connection, musicality, art and flow within a community of like-minded dancing couples. Argentine tango is much like a language and Morrow teaches it as such by first teaching small common introductory phrases and then adding more vocabulary and grammar along the way. Join Heather and her crew every Wednesday night (6:30-7:45pm for beginner basics ($20), 7:45-9pm for experienced students $15). 110 E. Hallam St., 970.948.3963,


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