Deer Valley Racquet & Fitness Adds ZUMBA Classes!

Deer Valley Zumba

Popular High Country fitness instructor Gwen Dhing will offer a Zumba Class at Deer Valley Racquet & Fitness Club, Tuesdays at 6PM, and Fridays at 10 AM.

According to,

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!”

I found this video from the Today Show about Zumba, featuring a mom who lost 60 pounds doing Zumba and having fun! You can also see the original creator of Zumba!

Call Deer Valley Club at 828-262-3337 for more info or to sign up!

Class Fees:

  • Members  $5/class    or  $30 10-class pack
  • Non-Members   $10/class  or  $60 10-class pack

You do NOT have to be a member of Deer Valley club to take the class, however members receive lots of other features, like the indoor pool, fitness machines, indoor basketball/racquetball courts, billiards/table tennis, and more!

Disclosure: The Mom Squad is proud to have Deer Valley Racquet and Fitness Club as a sponsor!.

Get Fit the FUN way with Hip Hop Hustle! (FREE class!)

Haley Walton began teaching Hip-Hop Hustle in June of 2009. Almost a year earlier, in September of

Hip Hop Hustle

Me and the girls, after the 2009 recital

2008, I took part in her first adult Hip Hop dance class at Studio K Dance Workshop.  I hadn’t danced in 16 years, and started back with Haley’s class and the adult Tap class at the studio.   I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but it felt good to be in the class with lots of other moms around my age. Some of them had dance experience, but most of them didn’t. We just wanted to have fun and get in shape.  We ended up performing on stage and having the teenage dancers say we were really good!  (This is something many of the participants said they would never do! But they felt so confident after the months of class, they did!).  The choreography is cool, but easy enough for most people to do.

Hip Hop Hustle is a specialized fitness program that Haley has been certified to teach!

Here’s what Haley says about the class, and how YOU can come for a FREE class to try it out!

As a long time veteran of the dance world, I had many requests to teach an adult hip-hop class and prior to becoming certified in Hip-Hop Hustle, I started a new adult hip-hop dance class in the fall of 2008. Much to my surprise there was a lot more interest than expected! This led me to pursue my certification in an exercise format called Hip-Hop Hustle.

Hip-Hop Hustle is a pre-choreographed dance class that is a great workout and tons of fun. People have always loved to dance, so why not dance for exercise? Due to the recent popularity of TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars”, fitness classes that offer a dance-like workout have become increasingly popular.

There are many benefits to dancing, including:

Haley Hip Hop Hustle Heart Ball
Haley (center) and some Hip Hop Hustlers at the 2010 Heart Ball, Broyhill Inn

• Healthier heart and lungs
• Stronger muscles and bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis
• Better posture, coordination, agility and flexibility
• Stimulates the brain
• More energy
• Lose weight
• Look and feel better

The dancing is so much fun that people don’t care about the benefits, it’s just a great plus!
If you are intimidated by dancing, don’t worry. This class is designed so that it builds and
anyone, any level can do it.
It will make you feel like a dancer with moves that are easy to
follow so if you can hustle… can Hip-Hop Hustle!

Join Haley on Thursdays at 6:30 at Studio K Dance workshop for Hip-Hop Hustle.
Mention that you saw this on High Country Mom Squad and get your first class FREE!

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Everybody Dance Now!

It’s that time again! We moms have to decide. Into which extra-curricular activities will we invest our time and money? For this mom of three girls, it has always been an easy decision. My children are inherently 100_6537Ballerina Princesses! Oh, believe me, I have tried to get them interested in sports. When they took the tee off the stand, used it as a microphone and put on shows for each other… when they used the bat as a cane to do a tap dance, I realized it was hopeless. Now we’re still holding out for some of the more graceful sports like tennis, but for right now DANCE is the word!

We have been a part of Studio K Dance Workshop in Boone for five years, and we absolutely love it! Studio K is now accepting new students for the 2009-2010 season.  The highlights of every year are the Nutcracker Suite in December, and the Spring Ballet.  The recital is also filled with everything from adorable little tappers, to High School Hip Hop, to adults!

Here are the options for children ages 3 and up:


Ballet/tap/creative movement combination class 45 minutes once weekly. Preschool age children will develop motor Studio K Danceskills, learn basic french terms and have a lot of fun!


Ballet/tap/jazz combination class 45 minutes once weekly.

Modern/lyrical ballet class 45 minutes once weekly.

Ballet technique class 30 minutes once weekly

At the elementary age, children learn technique, dance terms, and routines.

Middle School-

Classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern/lyrical at the middle school level.

High School/College-

Intermediate classes are offered in Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern/lyrical. Advanced classes in ballet are offered by invitation only.


Classes for adults include beginner ballet, tap and hip hop!

5:45-6:30 Thursday- Adult Tap

Adult Ballet- ???

9:15-10:15 Tue/Thur – Hip Hop Hustle (cardio only)
12:30-1:30 Wed – Hip Hop Hustle (cardio only)
6:30-7:45 Thursday – Hip Hop Hustle and Dance class

For more information or to sign up for classes, call (828) 265-4111, or email



Studio K is a Mom Squad sponsor.