On Tuesday night our resident fitness buff Erinn popped on her active wear and made her way to Aurora Dance Studio on Fountain St.
The first of its kind in Belfast City Centre the studio offers a mix of fitness classes taking inspiration from hip hop, burlesque, ballet and Latin dance styles. But lets not forget Rebounding (aerobics on a little trampoline!).
The studio is owned by the very lovely local dancer, gymnast and businesswoman Erin Lyle.
Aurora Studios plans to put the fun back into fitness with high intensity adult dance classes that tone, build strength and improve flexibility.
There is also yoga and pilates on offer for when you’re feeling less intense.
The studio is in a fantastic spot in Fountain St, easy to reach if you fancy a lunch time work out, and there is plenty of street parking in the surrounding areas for evening workouts.
The timetable is extensive and classes run throughout the day, so there should always be something to suit you and your workout time.
“I was absolutely gob smacked by the fit out of the studio – it looks great, its clear to see that no expense has been spared in this project, it is bright and airy and ever so inviting”
The studio was previously home to one of Belfast’s most well-known dance halls, Maxims, which was renowned for its Wednesday night jazz evenings during the late 50s and early 60s.
“Myself and some lovely gals enjoyed a number of taster sessions, including Rebounding, Ballet and Burlexercise, and I LOVED all of them.
“They were so much fun, although I feel a few more sessions are in order to improve my co-ordination. Aurora is the type of place you can go with all the girls or go alone and have a great workout as everyone is so friendly”.
“Whether you are a novice fitnesser or a seasoned gym bunny you will get a great cardiovascular workout here, not to mention improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination, and beating stress”.
Aurora Studios also offers hen parties, alternative first dance choreography, children and adult dance classes and corporate packages for local businesses.