All public classes at DioAmore are group classes.
(For some one-on-one time, you'll need to schedule a private lesson.)
Before introducing the dynamics of a regular class, it is important to understand the difference between a "progressive" session, and a "drop-in" session:
You are not explicitly required to bring any partner to our classes, but you may need feet. By the way, you are allowed to wear nothing but socks on your feet - but you may find that this gets tiring after some time. Sneakers are not recommended, as they grip the floor too much. A better approach might be a jazz sneaker. Do what best suits you!
For dance classes, you will be required to dance with all attendees for at least a significant fragment of the time allocated to the given class - but, as was mentioned before, you do not need to bring anyone with you when you come through the door.
Fitness classes, though, are slightly different; for the most part, you won't be required to interact (physically) with other members that attend the class that you intend to take. You will, however, be quite sweaty by the end of the session. On a more serious note, you aren't expected to go beyond the limits of your body - we believe in working towards a goal, instead of pushing the boundaries of safety.
Congratulations, you are now up to date on how group classes work here at the studio!
There are three different skill levels that you should be aware of. Accordingly, these are termed:
"Fun-d", fundamentals, or beginner - all students are allowed to attend these classes, as they are intended to teach new students; of course, if the luster of your knowledge resembles an abandoned Volkswagen, we won't complain when you come rushing into the studio. You'll work on basic steps, technique and timing.
Intermediate - This is the highest publically offered skill tier. If you think you're ready, your instructor will decide whether you are adequately equipped to handle the information you receive here; the great majority depends on your success in the previous grade, or, alternatively, previous dance experience in general. Sometimes, more advanced ideas are worked through. After you have taken enough classes to feel comfortable with your skills, you may wish to show them off somewhere! This will develop you rapidly. And, after all, we are devoted to your success. Aren't we so nice? You'll work on: styling your patterns, further development of advanced technique, making your patterns precise and fluid, and general interaction tips with a dance partner.
Just half an hour to abs your friends will be jealous of! If your mid-section is your problem, than we have the AbSolution. You will feel the burn as we tone, tighten and flatten out your core to give you "fab" abs. This will be a challenging class - no whining allowed! The use of a yoga-style mat will be involved. A limited amount of mats are available for use in the studio; of course, you may bring your own, too. Bare feet are recommended for this class.
Ballroom I focuses on the smooth/standard dances, and the slower rhythm/latin and social dances: Fox Trot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Polka, Rumba, Bolero and Night Club 2-Step. This is a beginner drop-in class; no partner is required. Ballroom II focuses on the quicker rhythm/latin and social dances: Cha Cha, Salsa Samba, Hustle, Mambo, Merengue, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Bachata, and Country 2-Step. The same beginner, drop-in parameters apply to this class category.
It could be thirty minutes to a behind you could bounce a quarter off of! If it's "saggin", "baggin", "draggin", or just "ain't what it used to be", drop in to Booty Boot Camp and begin hearing how they "hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave"! This will be a challenging class. As with certain other classes, floor mats will be utilized; some are available at the studio, but you may also bring your very own.
Cardio kickboxing is a total body workout that will quickly sculpt the arms, shoulders, core, glutes and legs. This class will teach you how to safely and effectively throw punches and kicks, while improving your strength, agility, speed, reaction time and cardiac fitness. Not to mention, it is a lot of fun! You do like fun, don't you? Cardio kickboxing won't just toughen you up, it will tighten you up!
From my years of experience working with seniors, I've seen firsthand what life can do to the body - especially with the kind of lifestyles we live these days. Hours in front of computers, hours sitting at desks, hours in front of the boob tube, and hours standing on our feet do not contribute to our health.
This class aims to be both preventative and rehabilitative for joint and muscle mobility and flexibility. It will increase range of motion, and decrease painful stiffness. This class will essentially be an isolations warm-up, with some stretching involved. We will cover neck, shoulders, elbows, chest, back, hips, knees, and even the little joints of the ankles, wrists, fingers and toes.
If you have any range of motion limitations, are tight anywhere in the body, are developing/have any issues such as carpal tunnel and plantar fasciitis , or just generally feel stiff and tight, or want to prevent your body from having any of these issues, then this class is for YOU!
Part pilates, part yoga, part callanetics. This class will work on stretching and strengthening the whole body through common pilates, yoga and callanetics exercises. Pi-Yo-Cal is a fantastic low-impact class that is excellent for anybody, especially individuals with back, knee and/or joint problems, and those working on physical rehabilitation. This class will tone, tighten, strengthen and lengthen all in one! The class is obviously one part yoga - this results in floor mat usage. Bare feet are recommended.
Beginner Salsa classes are designed to give you all the basics you will need to be a competent beginner dancer on the dance floor. Lessons are progressive, and class is held twice per week. New sessions begin at the start of a given month. Once you have your basics down, you are welcome to join the intermediate class - we'll focus on new patterns, improved technique, cleaner footwork, and styling. Take your salsa to the next level!
Brought to the world by the U.S. Navy SEALS, and developed by Fitness Anywhere®, Suspension Training® is a revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise. Safely perform hundreds of functional exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose. Whether you are a seriously conditioned athlete, have encountered limitations in other forms of exercises due to past injuries, or are seriously deconditioned and out of shape, TRX is perfect for all fitness levels. Regardless of whether your goal is to improve your football game, improve joint mobility, get ripped abs, get back that cute little figure you had in high school, or just enjoy a healthier way of life, TRX will help you attain those goals!
Beginner West Coast Swing classes will arm you with the knowledge necessary to dance at an entry level. Lessons are progressive, and class is held twice per week. New sessions will begin at the start of a given month. As with the intermediate salsa class, you will be interested in the intermediate level - once you're comfortable with all of the basic patterns of the beginner level. We hope you will be able to reach your goals!
Zumba is a dance fitness class, with its main focus being FUN! If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right.
Zumba means, "Let's Party!" The class makes use of all styles of international music - from salsa to flamenco, to hip hop and belly dancing. Men and women in an average weight range will typically burn 350-650 calories per hour1. The main idea behind Zumba is to simply make it FUN and EASY for everyone of every fitness level to enjoy an exhilerating workout. You can even be sitting down and participating!
You do not need to dance like the instructor, or any other individual. Pace yourself! Leave your ego at the door, and honor your body - by getting the workout your body needs. Rule number one in this class is to have FUN! Rule number two is to KEEP MOVING! We not care what you do, or how you do it; as long as you are moving, your heart is racing, and your sweat is pouring. If you follow these guidelines, fitness can finally be fun! Forget "working out". Come party with us in Zumba!
Feast your eyes on these fancy tables, and become educated. Knowledge is power.
Normal classes are priced as follows:
|Classes Taken / Week||<1||1||2||3||4||>4|
|Price / Class||$10||$8||$7.25||$6.50||$5.75||Flat $100|
(Taking less than one class per week would mean that you are occasionally attending drop-in classes. Half-hour classes only count towards one-half of a class; finally, attending more than four classes a week means that you're on the "unlimited" plan, so you can take as many as you could possibly desire.)
Private lessons are strictly available for singles and couples. (These are sessions that are fifty minutes long, five of which are devoted to scheduling more lessons.)
|Number of Lessons||1||8||10||12||15|
|Price / Lesson||$75||$60||$55||$50||$45|
|First Package Bonus||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Private fitness training works very similarly to private dance lessons, except that the sessions are one hour long, with five minutes devoted to scheduling.
|Number of Lessons||1||8||10||12||15|
|Price / Lesson||$75||$65||$60||$55||$50|
|First Package Bonus||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Sometimes, we feel the need to host amazing parties. Here are the reasonable rates of entry:
|One Group Class||$5||$6|
|Both Group Classes||$9||$11|
Exit at Alamo Drive
Make an immediate Left into Alamo Plaza (where Round Table is).
The Studio is located in front of you towards the back left corner of the plaza, between the trees (where Hancock Fabrics,Gold's Gym and Ross used to be located). If you are facing Jumpamania, please look to your right in order to find us.
Exit at Alamo Drive, and stay left at the fork.
You will loop around and come back over the freeway.
Go straight at the first light (Merchant Street), and make a left turn into Alamo Plaza.
The Studio is located in the back left corner of the plaza, between the trees. Again, facing Jumpamania, look to the right in order to find us.
Allow us to unleash a veritable symphony of learning upon the very fibers of your SOUL:
Just show up! Arrive a little early for your class. You will receive a liability waiver and a new student sheet to fill out - after that, pay your tuition, and you are ready to go!
Tuition is due on the day of your first class - or, for returning students, on the first day you attend a class in the new month. For example, if the first class you attend is on Tuesday the fourth, you would register for all of your classes on the that date, given that you are not paying on a per-class basis. Taking more classes would mean lower payment per class, but you can also opt to pay for individual classes. (Visit the "Lessons" tab for more information.)
There will be a ten day grace period from when you have taken your first class in the month to make a payment. After ten days, we will apply a late fee of $20 to your account. We appreciate your cooperation, as this helps to keep the administrative work easy and efficient. (We don't want to add a fee, so just make it easy and pay us at the first of the month, pretty please.)
We accept cash, check or credit. Visa, American Express, Mastercard & Discover are accepted.
Wear whatever you are comfortable moving in. Clothing that will not require constant adjustment as you move would be ideal. Fabric that breathes is often beneficial. What's more, try not to wear anything too loose - your body is a part of the dance, not just your legs.
For footwear, specifics are described in detail within the following sections - but, as a general rule, don't dance in shoes that have marking soles. These create "scuffs" that are difficult to clean.
A ballroom shoe is most appropriate for dance classes. Ballroom shoes have suede bottoms, stay on feet properly (as opposed to a "slip-on" shoe or flip-flops), and are usually more flexible than your traditional shoe. Another good choice is the jazz sneaker. Jazz sneakers have no arch, which allows for additional flexibility, and are not sticky on the bottom; this allows for easier turns.
If these are not viable options for you, any shoes that are not too sticky, not too slippery, will stay on, and are comfortable should work. Shoes that are not appropriate for dance classes would be sticky, rubber-bottomed shoes that make it difficult to turn in, shoes with heels so high they are difficult to balance in, or "slip-on" shoes such as mules or flip-flops. Dancing in your socks would be preferable to those options.
About one-half of the fitness classes can or should be done with bare feet. For the other classes, our shoe of preference here at the studio is the Vibram Fivefinger®. These shoes are light, flexible, and most importantly, allow your feet to work and move the way they were meant to. Vibram® shoes will strengthen your feet and lower limbs, as well as improve balance and proprioception.
You are allowed to make up drop-in classes only for the month in which you missed your drop-in class. For example, you may make up classes you miss in January, but only in January. Missed classes for progressive classes cannot be made up; there is no replacement for missing the information in those types of classes - unless you schedule private lessons.
Salsa and West Coast Swing are "progressive" classes. All other classes are "drop-in" classes.
You can take any of the regular weekly classes that are appropriate for your skill level. TRX classes are the only exception to the rule. TRX is NOT included in your Unlimited Membership - however, Unlimited members DO receive a dollar off discount off of each of their TRX classes. Specialty workshops and dances are held at an additional cost, but are often times discounted for our Unlimited members. We encourage our Unlimited members to take as many classes as are open to them.
If you are familiar and comfortable with all your basics from a given beginner-level class, then you should be ready for the intermediate class. You can also just ask your instructor!
We usually have a Sunday Tea Dance, and a Friday or Saturday night dance each month. Parties are for dancers of all levels to enjoy. The goal is to create a safe, comfortable and fun environment for anyone to participate in. You are encouraged to dance with as many people as possible throughout the duration of the party.
You are never required to take a partner to any of our classes or dances.
Private lessons are scheduled at any day and time that is convenient for both the instructor and student(s).
A private lesson price is the same rate, regardless of whether one or two students are being taught. Additional people are $10 each. A personal training session is reserved just for one person.
The studio can be troublesome to find, but it can be helpful to know where it is in relation to other businesses: In Alamo Plaza, it is to the left of Big Lots, and to the right of Jumpamania.
As with most businesses, a standard rate of $25 is applied to returned checks.
As the person now responsible for your dance/fitness education, I prefer to never simply cancel a lesson; I'd rather reschedule it for another day or time, within the same week. However, in the event one should need to cancel their lesson, a notice three days in advance is greatly appreciated, so that I may be able to accommodate other students. Should a lesson be cancelled with less than one day's advance notice, there will be a charge of the lesson rate imposed.(Reasonable exceptions will be made.)
There are no refunds for cancellation of any lessons. Lessons are not transferable to another party.
We'll get back to you as soon as we can. There are dances to be danced, and students to be taught!