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2013-01-30 / Business

New facility mixes dance with fitness

by DARLENE M. DONOHUE
Editor


Amanda Watson recently opened Nickel City Dance and Fitness Center on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. Amanda Watson recently opened Nickel City Dance and Fitness Center on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. A new business on Elmwood Avenue will offer its clients the opportunity to get a full body workout while learning dance moves.

As of Jan. 5, Nickel City Dance and Fitness, 2454 Elmwood Ave. near Westgate Avenue in Kenmore, started offering dance and fitness classes for young adults, ages 14 and older.

Owner Amanda Watson said she wanted to open a facility that would cater to individuals such as herself: dancers who want to continue to mold their skills but don’t have time to commit to it as a profession.

“I know there are many former dancers out there who are looking for a place to reconnect with movement and dance in a stress-free environment,” said Watson. “We also offer classes for new dancers.”

Tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern classes — taught by Aimee Kinsley, Mary Jo Sobus, Timmy Goodman, Amanda Birner, Caroline Nadolinski and Watson — will be offered for every ability level from beginner to advanced. There will also be fitness classes such as leaps & turns, Zumba, Pilates, WillPower and Grace, and Ballet Booty available

Watson said all of the fitness classes complement the needs of dancers, but participants do not need to be dancers or take dance classes to enjoy the benefits.

“My husband, who is a triathlete, tried the WillPower and Grace class, and he said he got a great workout,” said Watson, adding that he said the class really worked his hamstrings.

In addition, there are no contracts or registration fees to take part in the classes.

“Participants simply show up to class and have the option to pay per class or purchase a class punch card,” she said.

Watson said another special element to the 1,500-square-foot facility is that it has a professional sprung floor, the same type of flooring found in many professional dance studios in New York City.

She said sprung floors help to protect the body from stress fractures, excessive fatigue and joint stress.

For more information about Nickel City Dance and Fitness Center, visit www.nickelcitydance.com or call 712-4623.

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