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In Draper, Artistic Dance Utah, 556 E. 12300 South, started offering adult classes last summer when Michelle Nielsen took over as owner. The 33-year-old dancer — she danced throughout her four pregnancies — knows how fulfilling it is and was determined to help other adults join in on the fun.
The studio offers adult tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary classes.
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Here’s more information about the dance studios mentioned in this story:
Artistic Dance Utah » 556 E. 12300 South, Draper; www.artisticdanceutah.com/
Baile Dance Fitness Studio » 2030 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City; bailestudio.com/
DF Dance Studio » 2978 S. State, South Salt Lake; www.dfdancestudio.com/
Millennium Dance Complex » 918 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City; www.facebook.com/millenniumSLC
Staying or getting in shape is only part of the reason adult students join, she said.
"Adults come in and say, ‘I just miss that part of myself. I used to dance and it made me feel alive. It connected me to my soul.’ "
While Zumba and other aerobic dance classes at a gym focus on moving left and right and in circles, Nielsen said the dance classes she offers taps into something more creative. "It involves a layer of your soul that people are having a hard time finding at the gym."
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