WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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has won the 2010 North American Show Dance Championship as well as the 2011 Eastern US Professional Rhythm Competition and the Eastern US Show Dance Championship. In the way that Penney had described modifying one's activity during the healing period, Kinnard reduced the intensity of her practices for a while and concentrated on strengthening and conditioning instead. She is now sharing this determination to get back in competition- level shape with her students during the fitness classes she offers at Dance Republic during the day. They include Zumba, Plexi- Dance, and something called Flex-O-Tone, a class Kinnard developed especially to strengthen the back. No matter what kind of shape people are in when they show up, Kinnard says, "If they can walk, they can dance and have fun." It was the "having fun" part that Sophie Underwood of Wellesley has been looking for a way to stay in shape. She has tried a number of different gyms and workout routines over the years, but the idea of dancing for fitness is relatively new. A friend who is taking ball- room dance classes highly recommended she try Dance Republic. After trying her first Flex-O-Tone class, Underwood said she was ready to try Zumba next. "I love the space. It's very beautiful, very festive," she said. And when she heard there are social dances held on Saturday nights, she quipped, "Time to hire a babysitter!" Do You Think You Can Dance? 140 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 "I LOVE THE SPACE. IT'S VERY BEAUTIFUL, VERY FESTIVE." c Sophie Underwood

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