Less prance, more fun at dance studio

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 October, 2009, 12:00am

So you think you can dance? Even if you don't, Elle Kealy (pictured, centre) believes you can still do it for exercise. The Briton opened Central Dance Studios a couple of months ago and hosted a launch party at Solas on Wednesday, with hip hop, salsa and other performances by her instructors (including Lucia Tam, pictured left, and Cristo Zablah) and goodie bags from Lululemon Atheletica. 'I hate the gym,' Kealy admitted. 'A lot of people are scared of dance studios but we're more about fun and the focus is on fitness.'

Instead of training ballerinas or ballroom contestants, Kealy's classes at 15-17 Wyndham Street are all about working the heart and burning calories. But on Wednesday everyone let loose for a few cocktails and a bit of cavorting. 'I used to be a dancer. Then I became a lawyer and I hated it, so I became a dancer again. I've had this company for about six years in England. Moving here two years ago I thought I'd do something similar here ... By chance we found this perfect place. We've never had our own space before and we got it when the market was down so it's been great.'