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Your Spring Workout? Tango and Pilates

by Borderstan.com April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Melanie Hudson. Follow her at @champagne_me or Email her at melanie[AT]borderstan.com.

"Tango"

Ready to tango? (Melanie Hudson)

It’s April, which means the city has thawed, flowers are blooming, residents are sneezing, and shoulders and bare legs are peeking out from their hiding places. April also means bathing suit season is a shocking month away. For most of us, that sends a terrifying chill through our lightweight cardigans as we realize we must rearrange our schedules to accommodate extra hours in the gym. Boo hiss.

Out of the Gym: Pilates and Tango Dancing

This spring, get out of the gym and get thee to a better way of burning off those winter cassoulets: free Pilates classes outdoors in Farragut Square Park, and not-free-but-worth-it Argentine Tango lessons in Stroga’s gorgeous ballroom.

Tango is intimate and sexy. It’s also really difficult and great exercise. Watching the Tango performed is mesmerizing and hauntingly beautiful — and now, you can quit gawking and try it for yourself. Stroga (1814 Adams Mill Road NW) is hosting several different classes starting Friday, May 3 for all levels, taught by longtime instructor and Tango master Aja Fenn:

  • Four-week beginner series: starts Friday, May 3, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, $40 per class. This is an introduction to Tango for newbies, covering the fundamentals only. Partners are not required.
  • Tango taster class: Saturday, May 4, 5 to 9 pm. Call or email for pricing (202) 238-9642. This is a one day crash course for beginners. Partners are not required.
  • Intermediate Classes: starts Friday, May 3, 8:30 to 10 pm, $40 per class. These classes, taught by visiting instructors, are drop in each Friday for those students who are much further along in their dance. Call for class requirements.

Free Pilates Classes at Farragut Square

If the Tango is not your thing, try something more low-key but still guaranteed to kick your body in shape: Pilates. But not any Pilates — Pilates in the Park: outdoors, downtown, and free.

For 10 weeks starting Tuesday, April 23, the Golden Triangle BID is offering hour-long Pilates classes taught by instructors from everyone’s favorite studio, Yoga District, in Farragut Square Park (intersection of K Street and Connecticut Avenue NW) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. No registration required but bring your Pilates or yoga mat. Don’t have one? Invest — it’s time to stop sweating on borrowed studio mats, anyway.

If you’re new to Pilates, it’s a low impact exercise to build strength and tone muscles all over your body. Many athletes use it to lengthen muscles for that dancer-like physique. If you’re new to it, it may seem easy until you can’t lift your legs the next day — which would make your Tango class even more challenging.

Check the website for more information or rain delays.  And kick it up a notch — Memorial Day is only a few weeks away!

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