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Dancing Queen

By Ashlyn Carter | March 31, 2016 | Articles National

Take your Saturday night fever to the gym with a fitness routine that encourages you to feel hot, hot, hot... like booty-popping, drop-it-down-low hot. You with us? Enter Vixen Workout, a calorie-busting, fat-torching phenomenon that has finally made its way to the A.

Vixen Workout’s creator, ballet-trained former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones, “always had a business sense,” she says. But at 27 years old, Jones found herself a married mother with a corporate finance job. “For the first time, I felt like I was living without the love of my life—dance,” she recalls. Jones began teaching at a fitness studio, but it wasn’t until a night out at the club with the girls that the stars finally aligned. She noticed her nondancer buddies—company vice presidents and mothers—uncomfortable with “knowing the lyrics to and wanting to dance to Rick Ross,” she laughs. “That was my aha moment: Some women haven’t ever left the rolls they try to play.” With that, Vixen Workout was born, hatched on the idea that ordinary women should have the chance to feel extraordinary.

Having just hit ATL, this HIIT-style workout—already popular in NYC and Miami—combines plyometrics, squats, lunges and core work in a 60-minute cardio dance sweat session, which can burn 400 to 1,000 calories in one class. In February, Jones trained teachers at The Barre Scene in Buckhead. “I’m tired of women scrolling through Instagram and feeling intimidated by fitness and eight packs,” she says. With Vixen Workout, inhibitions melt away to the beat of loud radio anthems and dance-floor routines created for all levels.

“Vixen Workout gives everyone the opportunity to have some fun and let loose in a friendly atmosphere that’s full of energy,” says The Barre Scene owner Katherine Akra. “This is something that every girl needs; a chance to feel sexy, powerful and limitless, even if it’s just for one hour a day!” The #VixenArmy celebrates “community over competition,” shares Jones, and women leave inspired with self-confidence. As a fellow Miami Heat dance team alum, Akra is excited to share that BeyoncĂ©-inspired mojo with Atlantans and knows women will have “as much of a blast taking it as I do teaching it,” she adds. “I want working out to feel like you’re onstage with Jennifer Lopez,” Jones echoes, even encouraging selfie sessions post-sweat sesh. “Because why not?” Now, that sounds like a dance party we can get behind.

Work It Out!
Want to dance it out and torch calories Vixen-style? Here are JEZ’s go-to spots for the cardio class.

1. The Barre Scene, $25 drop-in, packages from $66, @the_barre_scene

2. Atlanta Dance & Music Academy, $20 drop-in, packages from $52, @atldancemusic

3. PoleLaTeaz, $20 drop-in, packages from $75


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