Mark Your Calendars: Philadelphia Dance Day Set for July 26th

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Since its start in 2010, National Dance Day, a day devoted to celebrating dance, has become a huge event across the country. This year, Philadelphia Dance Day has an amazing schedule planned, with workshops and live performances happening all day long, and a massive dance party to end the night. Local studios like Philly Dance Fitness, Studio 1831 and Major Moment Studio are participating, which means the lineup is packed with fun classes ranging from ballet to tango to Zumba, and even—gasp!— striptease. And the best part? This entire day, packed with workshops and classes galore, costs next to nothing—in fact, all of the workshops offered before 5:30 p.m. are completely free.

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5 Philly Fitness Classes That Are Way More Fun Than the Gym

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According to The New York Times, a recent study found that thinking of a workout as a fun activity instead of just boring ol’ exercise can have a serious impact on how effective your gym time is. The problem is, it’s really hard to have a good time working out when you’re trudging away on the treadmill. So to help you guys make the most of your workout time, we’ve rounded up five Be Well Philly approved fitness classes that are anything but boring.

We’ve tried each and every one of these unique local classes, and they were all tons of fun. Plus, each one left us feeling that good kind of I’m-totally-going-t0-have-a-six-pack-tomorrow sore. And lucky you for you, we took note of our experiences in our “I Tried It” series. So now that we’ve tested the waters, all you’ve got to do is read up, pick a class, and have a blast.

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INTERVIEW: Nichole Canuso Returns With Rare Solo Performance

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Photos by Peggy Woolsey

Philly dancer/choreographer Nichole Canuso returns for her first show in Philly since last fall’s The Garden, and for the first time she’ll be taking the stage alone. Canuso calls Midway Avenue “the most directly personal work I’ve made to date.” There is no set. It’s just her, a piano, and enough pieces of scotch tape to construct her childhood home. Within those walls she blends movement, music, and dialogue to reveal how experiences from her youth have formed the life she’s living today.

In a Q&A I did with her this week, she details the creative process behind the show, how being a new mom influenced the work, and how the “richness of the process will be feeding me for years to come.”

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To Do: Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop at Philly Dance Fitness This Weekend

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The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across this video of a New York City socialite of sorts, getting her groove on in a Beyonce-inspired dance class. The envy that I felt was absurd. All I could think was, Why isn’t every dance studio in Philadelphia hosting hourly Beyonce-themed dance classes, every single day?! Whyyy? (Dramatic, I know) And then Philly Dance Fitness came along with their Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop. Yep, that’s right: A Twerkshop.

Last year, the dance studio hosted Beyonce-themed dance classes and Twerkshop classes, and after tons of requests to bring these favorites back, the studio decided to combine the two, creating the 90-minute workshop of everyone’s dreams. (Okay, maybe not everyone.) During the workshop, participants will, first, learn how to twerk. Then they will “pop, grind, shake and wind through 90 minutes of nonstop dance routines,” to the beat of Beyonce tunes, of course.

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