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As I hit my mid 40’s I have noticed changes in my body that are new and sometimes frustrating. I wanted to switch up my routine and protect my muscle and bone mass by adding a class that used heavier weights. We all know variety is the best way to avoid plateauing and to keep yourself engaged. By staying true to the Dancers shape techniques and philosophies, which are injury prevention and variety, we created our newest class called Lift and Tone to help freshen and strengthen your routine.

Body by DS - November’s Featured Class:

LIFT & TONE

***This class requires tennis shoes.

As we age, we begin to lose bone density and muscle mass and one of the best ways to prevent this from happening is through weight lifting. We have designed this 45 minute class to target your large muscle groups as well as the small stabilizers by alternating heavy weights with barre work. This combination will improve muscle mass and bone density while not neglecting our injury prevention focus...

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As we roll out our “Body by DS” program, in which we bring new and old favorite classes to our schedule for a limited time, we thought we would bring you another specialty combo class, Spin & Zen. The first half of this class will rev up your metabolism with an energetic and challenging spin section. Once we have tapped into a high caloric burn, we will move into a yoga flow designed to slow down the nervous system and lengthen your posture. We will move our spine in multiple directions, open your hips, and reset your body. Come try our New Spin & Zen class on Saturdays at 10:30am.

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We're rewarding you for spreading the word about your favorite classes at Dancers Shape! Simply screenshot this image and share on your social media. Then have your friends screenshot your post (make sure it includes your name!) and bring it to the studio or email us and we'll give them a free week and you a credit on your account! How easy and fun is that?!

*Offer good for new DS clients or those who haven't been to the studio in 3 months or longer.

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Calling All New Clients for the Month of May!

Dancers Shape has so much class variety that we think you need a full week to try all of our offerings. Check out our wide variety of Barre, Pilates, Yoga & Spin. Register for your free week here! (valid for new clients only) and tell your friends!

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Are you a busy working professional? Do you feel there are not enough days in the week to get your work outs in? Are you interested in a class designed specifically for weight loss? Then Dancers Shape has got you covered! Come try our New Split Class: 30 minutes barre/core & 30 minutes spin.

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We're excited to welcome Alex as a new Spin instructor at Dancers Shape! You will love his upbeat attitude and playlists! Find out more about him:

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We're excited to welcome our newest Yoga instructor: Emily Farr! Read her full bio and come see her for Yoga this week!

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We're excited to welcome our newest Spin instructor Amy to the DS Family! She's on the schedule starting now so please come by and take her class to welcome her. Read her full bio here and find out more below:

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Welcome the newest face in the DS Family: Laura Merkel! Come by the studio and see her soon and say hello. Read more about her:

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We're excited to be growing our Dancers Shape Family with new instructors as we get ready to open our 2nd location inside Hill Country Indoor! Today we're happy to welcome Angela Sparks. Read more about her:

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We're excited to welcome the newest member of our Dancers Shape Family, instructor Hailley! Find out some more about this new face:

DS- Where are you from?

Hailley: I'm from NYC but I moved to Austin 9 years ago.

DS- What do you like to do for fun?

HS: I like going to movies, music concerts, sewing and making jewelry, playing with my cats and hanging with my friends

DS- Do you have any special talents?

HS: I am a film and commercial actress as well as a professional dancer. I also choreograph for music videos and dance live onstage with local bands.

DS- What brought you to Dancers Shape?

HS: I came to Dancers Shape because of the design of the classes and results I've seen it give the clients and instructors. I was also drawn to the Dancers Shape community as a lot of friends take and teach here.

DS- Anything else that would be fun for clients to know?

HS: I LOVE animals of all kinds! I also work for a traveling petting zoo...

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We have a new exciting offering at Dancers Shape: Therapeutic Pilates with licensed Physical Therapist Toussaint Biondi. We recently chatted with Toussaint about this new offering and how it can help people like you. Read on:

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We're so excited to welcome our new Burnet Rd. Studio Manager, Brittany Ignas! She moved to Austin from NYC to work at Dancers Shape and we are so happy to have her join the DS Family. Check out her bio and get to know more about her in our interview below:

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The Dancers Shape community has generously raised money for both The Miracle Foundation ($350) and Little Helping Hands ($347) since the start of the year.

We continue Sunday’s Donation Meditation with a new charity for the summer. Our sessions will now benefit Kids in a New Groove.

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As we ramp up our sister studio in Bee Cave we are offering Community Spin classes for $10/class. We have temporarily turned our back room into a training spin studio and are offering spin classes. Come tap it back, groove on a bike, and blast those calories!

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Welcome to our newest blog series: Love Local. Here we will be featuring fellow small, locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood. We love our local Burnet Road location and supporting fellow small Austin-owned businesses.

One of the yummiest places on Burnet Road is The Peached Tortilla. Their Asian/Southern fusion is awesome for happy hour, casual dinners, brunch and now lunch. We were excited when founder Eric Silverstein took a few minutes to chat with us about this delicious eatery.

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Welcome to our newest blog series: Love Local. Here we will be featuring fellow small, locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood. We love our local Burnet Road location and supporting fellow small Austin-owned businesses.

Today we're chatting with our close neighbors coffee shop Monkey Nest. We find ourselves at Monkey Nest quite often to grab a cup of joe or a quick snack between classes.

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We had so much fun helping Brides of Austin model wedding dresses for their new spring issue. It’s officially wedding season so we want to remind you that we have awesome bridal specials available! You can also kick off your bachelorette party with a fun private cardio dance or barre class!

Contact us for all the details.

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For our Academy Award challenge we asked participants to submit their stories and we were blown away by the responses. Today we're sharing some of our favorites. The challenge may be over but these stories will stick with us and continue to inspire. Keep up the good work everyone!

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The beginning of March, brings a new charity for our Sunday Donation Meditation. This month we will be donating to Austin-based Little Helping Hands.

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I am a full-time fitness and dance instructor teaching. I dance with a contemporary company and direct another company, so I am always on the go. I love it, but my schedule leaves little grace if I haven’t meal prepped the night before. I decided to try Snap meals for every dinner that took place between teaching my classes since that is the meal that always seems to get missed. It is very difficult for me to find meals that don’t leave me tired and a little nauseous when I need to eat quick and then jump back into moving so I was very interested in seeing how Snap would leave me feeling.

What can I say, it was 10’s across the board.

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Snap Kitchen has become my friend for those chaotic, killer weeks-

After nearly 20 days of vacation, away from my decently balanced 2016 schedule, I've had to hit the ground running into a new 2017 work load. Between teaching barre fitness and dance cardio classes at Dancers Shape, rehearsing and/ or performing nightly in a modern dance show, cycling to and from work, and moving into a new place, I definitely had my work cut out for me last week! I felt nervous that I wouldn't be getting enough rest with such a strained schedule, and as I'd packed up most of my kitchen things for the move, I was worried about where and how I would get enough nourishing, healthy food to sustain me through the days. Luckily, Snap is just right down the road!

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Change happens one step at a time. Meditation is like a seed. It starts small, it gradually grows, and it can affect change with the beauty it grows into. As our Dancers Shape community meets, one Sunday at a time, we slowly create the change within ourselves while benefiting a wonderful cause. Let’s meet our selected charity for January/February!

The Miracle Foundation is dedicated to empowering orphans to reach their full potential. Based in Austin, TX, the Foundation travels to India lend their time and generosity. They look to transform local orphanages into homes, train displaced women to become cherished mothers, and fund scholarships for education. In their own words: “....when you empower those with a lot of heart, you affect real change.”

The foundation helps create families out of those in need by bringing a group of children...

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“Healthy, handmade meals for busy people.” This is the mission of Snap Kitchen, and for someone like myself this kind of service is a dream come true. I am a full-time fitness and dance instructor so healthy living is of the utmost importance to me, however at times I find it really hard to find healthy, tasty food, fast!

So I decided to spend an entire day surviving off only Snap Kitchen meals. The first benefit was immediate and obvious, I didn’t have to worry about finding the time to cook or what it was I was going to eat. Knowing that I had healthy, easy to prep food choices waiting for me in the fridge allowed me to slow down a bit both mentally and physically.

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With a crazy schedule that’s different from day to day, Snap Kitchen meals take the stress out of meal planning and cooking. Very often I work late one night and work early the next day, so trying to fit in my own workouts and cooking my own meals can be quite stressful. I found that the meals from Snap were perfectly portioned and very convenient for those days when there was no time to spare. Here are some of the meals I tried:

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