Studio 23 Dance now offering adult classes

Amanda Abrahams (front left) and Crystal Holmes (front right) teach several adult classes at Studio 23 Dance in Hillsboro. They currently offer barre, tap and WERQ classes.

Amanda Abrahams grew up doing dance. But she had no idea just how useful her training would be for her as an adult.

Recently, Abrahams joined the staff at Studio 23 Dance in Hillsboro. On Monday nights, Abrahams and another dance teacher, Crystal Holmes, offer various adult classes.

“I hate working out. I am not a gym person and lifting weights and running—I applaud people who are into that, but none of that is me. So dance has always just been a fun outlet for me,” said Abrahams. “It’s a great stress reliever.”

Abrahams and Holmes took a course and got certified in a cardio dance called WERQ (pronounced work) in October of last year.

“You set up a playlist and memorize the dances you want to teach. It’s up to 15 songs, so it is a lot. Crystal and I took some time to develop that, and then she started teaching it for Tabor students,” said Abrahams.

Abrahams suffered a setback after dealing with an old injury that resurfaced, so she had to take time out to heal while Holmes continued teaching to select students. After healing, Abrahams was able to begin working again with Holmes as they developed the adult classes for the community.

The first adult WERQ class at the studio was offered in November of last year, and they now offer the class regularly on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

“With this class, it’s lots of really fun music. You’re moving. You don’t even realize you are working out because you are just having fun. A lot of the moves repeat themselves so you don’t get lost. The next week you do the same dances and then slowly you take out one song and add a new song. So there is some novelty there and some familiarity. It helps gives attendees confidence,” said Abrahams.

Holmes and Abrahams split the teaching of the WERQ class. They also offer both tap and barre classes.

“The barre class is taught by Crystal, and she teaches it at 5:45 p.m. She describes the class as a barre/stretch so it’s yoga and pilates with some dance incorporated, so it is a very low impact but high result class,” said Abrahams. “And she can modify the class to what you need. In fact, we can modify anything to meet the student’s needs.”

Holmes also offers the barre class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 6:30 a.m. The tap class is at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays.

Abrahams explained that the classes are a simple and affordable outlet for adults to get out and get a workout. She said the numbers always change, so sometimes there are only a few, and other times there are more.

“Don’t be intimidated by the word dance. You don’t have to have years of experience or any at all. It can be for fun, for exercise, for a hobby or anything, really. It’s a good workout for your mind and for your legs and body,” said Abrahams.

All of the equipment is provided so participants don’t have to bring anything. In fact, many people participate in their tennis shoes or don’t wear any.

There is a Facebook group for adult dance classes for more information. The page is Studio 23 Dance (Adult Classes).

The studio offers a bundle of $40 per month to take all adult classes or else you can just show up and pay $5 per class.