Dance fitness studios across Chicago aim to empower with rhythm and exercise

By Michaela Schirra
Medill Reports

Dance means different things to different people.

For some, it’s pure expression and, for others, it’s simply a way to stay active. Now that dance has become a popular mode of exercise, studios across the Chicago area encourage participants to leave class feeling proud of themselves.

“I want them to feel accomplished,” Ashley Rockwood, owner of Free Mvmt Shop, said. “I want them to feel like they can do anything.”

While all studios want their patrons to leave feeling happy and energized, each instructor hopes to make an impact on their students’ lives. Here is a sampling of the studios that  inspire students daily.


Photo at Top: Owner and instructor Ashley Rockwood teaching Jazz It Up at Free Mvmt Shop in Lincoln Park. (Michaela Schirra/MEDILL)