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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Clothes like these don't typically hang in the closets of the average person, Aida says. So he encourages everyone at his studio to simply relax and just be themselves. If you're most comfortable in casual clothes, he says, "wear jeans." If dancing is the one time during the week you can get dressed up and feel glamorous, "go for it." Aida said meeting newcomers where they are at is an integral part of what makes dancing fun for people of all ages and athletic abilities right from the start. "It's just getting them to come that first time," he said. Some may be fearful that they are not in good enough shape or worried about an old injury flaring up. Knowing this, many dance studios also offer strength and condi- tioning classes in addition to private and group lessons. Or when dancers decide they want to strengthen particular muscle groups or increase cardio fitness, there are a vast array of gyms and fitness stu- dios in the local area from which to choose. One such niche gym is Pure Barre in Linden Square in Wellesley that opened in January 2013. Manager Ali Pellerin says that despite the name and prominent ballet barre in the studio, most of her clients are not former dancers beyond perhaps a few classes they took as children. Pellerin says each 55-minute class is designed as a full-body workout concentrating on the areas many struggle with the most in terms of tone, mostly hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms. She described the gym's low-impact technique as being friendly on the joints because it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Every newcomer is asked about medical history and any injuries, Pellerin says, so the instructor can introduce modifications to any exercise or movement that may be too intense for a particular part of the body as it heals. 136 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 Do You Think You Can Dance? "THEIR OUTFITS ARE NOT ONLY DAZZLING, BUT ALSO SPECIALLY CRAFTED TO MOVE WELL AND ACCENTUATE EACH BODY IN THE MOST FLATTERING WAY."

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