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Fly Dance Fitness Make You Shake and Sweat

By Kelly Church

At Fly Dance Fitness, the mission is to motivate members to take their fitness goals to a level you never thought possible, all while having fun. The Sarasota, FL studio has all types of classes, from barefoot and yoga-inspired dance classes to country-themed classes. Amy Buck, owner of Fly Dance Fitness, relates her workouts to going out with friends, saying that a night out dancing goes by much faster than an hour on a treadmill.

"At Fly Dance Fitness, we bring the nightclub atmosphere together with your workout," Buck said. "We have too much fun in our classes to even think about how hard we're working out."

Buck said Throwdown is the most popular class and unapologetic group fitness class. Throwdown encourages all members to shake their hips and move with the country's most popular line dances. The class starts with a warm-up before dancers are broken into two lines and participate in what Buck calls a follow-the-leader style dance. Every week is a new, original dance so dancers can learn the routine at the beginning of the week and perfect it as the week continues.

"Throw down is our most popular class because of how unique and downright fun it is," Buck said. "It's a class where you feel fully present in the moment, having the time of your life with friends and getting an awesome workout simultaneously."

Other classes include barefoot bootcamp, a barre workout, booty scootin' booty, another country-themed class, pound, a high-intensity and full-body workout that uses props. There's Sculpt, a strength-training class that uses dumbbells, bands, and other gym equipment and yoga sculpt, improving strength and relaxing the mind. Even those who don't have dance experience, or don't think they're good at dancing are welcomed and encouraged to take a class.

"Our studio lighting is nice and dark which allows for some anonymity," Buck said. "The fear of 'oh no, everyone's watching me' goes away very quickly."

Classes are held throughout the week and dancers can sign up and pay online at flydancefitness.com.

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