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Barre Las Vegas is located at Town Square, between Eddie Bauer and what used to be Robb & Stucky.

Cross-training isn’t a new concept for dancers, but doing so in a carpeted space in a shopping mall might not sound like hitting an elliptical at the gym. At Barre Las Vegas, though, customers are invited to don socks and stand at, yes, a barre, for an hour-long workout inspired by the noble art of ballet.

The barre physique technique draws from yoga, core strengthening, flexibility and cardio for a comprehensive workout designed to tone the upper body, core, legs and “seat” (or what your ballet teacher would call a derriere.) Each class clocks in at an hour, which is shorter than most dance classes, but that hour packs a punch.

I took a Mixed Barre class from Drea Lee, another Vegas dancer, and I was struck by both the similarities and the differences of this Barre business. For instance, unlike ballet, the workout starts with center work. And weights.

Another Barre employee advised that I grab a pair of the lightest weights to start out, saying that they get heavy quickly. While I’m not one to doubt the strength imparted upon me by dance teachers demanding push-ups, I’m also not one to disregard sensible advice, and this seemed to fall under that category.

Forget the push-ups. By the end of the arms series, those little pink weights seemed brutal. The choreographed workout did a great job of targeting muscle groups and working areas like biceps, triceps, deltoids and lats. For dancers that want to up their upper body strength, the first third of class alone could seal the deal.

The workout continued with exercises at the barre that engaged quadriceps and hamstrings. It might take some adjustment for dancers to complete an entire plie series with a lifted heel or hip circles, but the physical aspect is undeniable: even if it’s not conventional ballet, it isn’t easy.

The ab work was accentuated by a clever strap-and-barre arrangement that fully utilized obliques that can be skimmed over in a traditional sit-up. This part of the class would probably be familiar to Pilates enthusiasts, along with that lovely burning sensation. Simply put, the intensity of the class continued.

A few exercises targeting the lower back and a nice cool-down stretch rounded out the barre class. Plank positions and push-ups were interspersed throughout and the dance-mix-style music contributed to the cardio feel. My muscles were quivering by the end of the hour, but I appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to hop on a treadmill to achieve that level of fatigue. Given a choice between a barbell and a barre, I’ll take the barre.

Barre Las Vegas has two locations, one each in Town Square and Summerlin. Classes can be paid for individually at $20 apiece or purchased as part of a number of packages, which cost $79 and up. Semi-private and private lessons are also available. For more information about location, pricing and class offerings, roll on over to the Barre Las Vegas homepage.

Performers gathered in the name of creativity, business sense and giveaways for a late-night show organized by Creative Studios LV and Financial Groove on Feb. 23. “Financial Groove Presents” was held at the Loft Works space rented by Creative Studios and was a comfortable mix of live music, spoken word, indie short films and dance.

Creative Studios supports performing artists by providing rehearsal, administrative, marketing and fundraising resources, all in the name of creation and innovation. Financial Groove, a QuickBooks-approved organization, supplies artists with tax expertise to ensure that art and business operate as harmoniously as possible.

Both entities know how to put on a widely enjoyable show. Additionally, raffle prizes and donations were contributed by such organizations as PhotoFM.com , The Muffler Shop, Creative Studios LV, Pahrump Valley Winery, CMIT Solutions of The LakesPhotoGraphic Creations and Flowers of the Field. A grand prize for the evening was an Amazon Kindle e-reader and, of course, free food abounded.

Performers hailing from “Fantasy” Cirque du Soleil, “Le Reve” and the like joined freelancing musicians and dancers in a concert whose proceeds benefited Creative Studios. Dance wasn’t the mainstay of the evening, but two aerial acts, several vocal solos, a couple of monologues and live music filled the space with creative vibes.

Drea Lee, pictured left, choreographed a high-energy, funk-and-burlesque fusion number to Christinia Aguilera’s “Spotlight,” which was performed midway through the show. Clever choreography and personality-filled dancers in fringe made the piece an easy crowd-pleaser and some intricate funk kept things interesting. Footage of the number is available here.

Tenile Pritchard and an artists known as Swift performed a duet toward the end of the show and set the scene with candles, a pillow and conversational choreography. Drake’s “Little Bit” serenaded the couple through a twining piece about the complexity of relationships and vulnerability. Tight isolations made it evident that the choreography was backed up by two strong technicians and the energy helped the show end strongly.

Two short films by Lauren Thompson, titled “Restroom” and “Mail Room,” provided ample head-scratching material and Adam Kilbourn screened a humorous short about a very un-funny economic situation. All of this material, paired with an open and relaxed atmosphere, made “Financial Groove Presents” edgy and appealing. Ideally, there will be more events like this on the way.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Creative Studios or Financial Groove, keep your eyes peeled because more material should be coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below and check out both Creative Studios LV and Financial Groove on Facebook.

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Didn’t get to see Golden Rainbow’s Beaux Arts Ball at Studio 54 on Halloween? Fear not. While nothing can recreate the atmosphere of hordes of people dressed up as other people and fist-pumping en masse, footage of some of the pieces is up and stream-able.

The video below is Vegas choreographer and dancer Drea Lee’s take on a fairy tale that has received a lot of attention lately. Don’t let the name fool you — this ain’t no children’s story.

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