What is SHiNE DANCE FITNESS™?
What is SHiNE Dance Fitness™? I'm glad you asked! SHiNE™ is a dance fitness class rooted in traditional dance such as JAZZ, HiP HOP, and BALLET. We take those foundational moves and create dance routines that are easy enough for beginners yet challenging enough for the more seasoned dancer. The simplicity of the routines allows you keep moving and do less thinking. :) Because we like to keep you moving the average calories burned during a full class is approximately 750! Not bad for a workout that feels more like a dance party with your girlfriends.
The choreography encourages your muscles to elongate and your body to flow. I purposefully created routines that make women feel pretty, strong, sexy, happy, and confident. For many of us, these traits are hard to live out on a day to day basis because we can be hard on ourselves and a tiny bit insecure but my passion is to create a space for women to authentically express themselves without inhibitions.
I like to call my class REALITY fitness. What do I mean by that? Well, let's just say I am not the type of instructor that gets through the class without mistakes. If you watch our YouTUBE videos you will see that it is not my students that make mistakes but ME! I like to say I do it just to make my students feel better but that is a BIG FAT LIE. :) I guess I just get caught up in the moves or sometimes I just like watching you all do your "thang". XOXO Bottom line we keep it real and light.
The class is for women of all ages and abilities. The beauty of dance is that you are able adjust the intensity by modifying the moves to fit your body's needs. The room is filled with women that are there to help support and inspire you. It is a community of REAL women celebrating life on and off the dance floor. Everyone has had a first class and has survived. As of yet, I have never had anyone leave in the middle of class. (knock on wood) Don't hold back. We are waiting for you! It's your time to SHiNE™!
How was SHiNE DANCE FITNESS™ born?
Hi There! Kendall here, creator and proud owner of SHiNE Dance Fitness™. Let me tell you how SHiNE™ was born. It all started back in the 80's (sorta). ;) This is when I started taking various dance classes from the time I was in 2nd grade until a senior in High School. It was when I went off to college that I stopped dancing unless it was at a fraternity house which doesn’t really count. I got married the week after I graduated from college and that is when real life happened ... jobs, kids, running a household, trying to stay spiritually connected, trying to stay fit, being a good friend, sister, daughter, wife and mother. While I took pride in these responsibilities and they gave me joy, I was losing that carefree spirit that I use to have prior to adulthood.
June of 2008 my mom took my sister and I to a magical place called Rancho La Puerta. It is a wellness spa where you had unlimited fitness classes to attend (some of which included dance). Of course I opted for the dance classes and during each class I was overwhelmed with emotions that had been buried for years. My passion for dance was awakening and becoming stronger than ever before. I felt the young girl from years past surface and with that came confidence, joy and freedom. That is when I told myself that I need to make dance a part of my life but more importantly I wanted to share my experience with other women so they too could receive the gift of dance.
This is when I started to craft my own class. I wanted to create a safe place for women/girls to express themselves, build confidence, inspire one another, feel pretty, have fun in a community sort of way and of course DANCE without inhibitions. I had not taught group fitness or dance so the idea of me launching my own dance fitness class with my own choreography must have sounded absurd. I personally thought I was crazy but luckily I had enough passion to keep me from doubting myself. My first official class was Nov. 4th 2009 and there were days with just 1 student however I am happy to say I did not get discouraged (maybe a little). Now the classes are filled with lots of ladies shakin it and tapping into that carefree spirit on a regular basis!
The future is bright for SHiNE™. I am not sure where we will be in 5 years but I know each day I try to make at least 1 positive impact on the business that will either promote growth, creativity, awareness, or happiness. Thanks for your time!
See you on the dance floor!