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Much like kickass HIIT workouts and sweaty bootcamp classes, boutique dance fitness studios are rising in popularity. One of the latest—and buzziest—new spaces to land in the Big Apple is Jane DO, a dance-cardio concept with a legacy tracing back to New York’s most famous dance company.
Jane DO—already boasting an impressive list of clients garnered from its four New Jersey locations in Jersey City, Montclair, Hoboken, and Edgewater—was established in 2015 by two former Radio City Rockettes: Jacey Lambros and Danielle DeAngelo. After 17 years of performing eye-high kicks together on-stage, they decided to become business partners, working tirelessly to establish musically-driven workouts that fused their passion for dance and fitness — and most importantly, made them excited to go sweat it out.
“Our methodology fuses artistry and athleticism — two of our favorite things,” explained DeAngelo. “What we learned from dancing with the Rockettes is that there’s power in women coming together to do something incredible, and that’s exactly what we wanted to foster at Jane DO.” You don’t need dance experience to participate — just a positive attitude and a change of clean clothes for later.
As for its unique name, DeAngelo told Fitt, “‘Jane’ is every woman and ‘do’[not pronounced “doe”] is her call to action. When Jacey and I conceptualized the name, we wanted something that every woman could stand behind and represent the powerful community we’re in the process of cultivating.”
After hosting a variety of popup classes in New York City, like the New York Public Library and Bryant Park, Lambros and DeAngelo found that the community really “wanted and needed” a Manhattan-based studio. So, when the opportunity presented itself, the two jumped on it, launching its first-ever space in Flatiron in early September 2019.
As for the classes, you can choose from five different mixed-level, sweat-inducing, full-body workouts, all of which are 50 minutes long. Their classes range from Trampoline cardio called Tramp Stamp, Dance Your Ass Off (exactly what it sounds like), an aerobics class called Step It Up, and a HIIT class called Train Jain. Where to start when you walk in off of W. 23rd? DeAngelo recommends Get Lifted: “it gives you an essence of everything we do and it’s low-impact — so no jumping.”
The dynamic duo deems Step It Up, the cardio step class, as the go-to at New York’s newest studio — but the overall fan-favorite varies from studio to studio, so feel free to march to your own beat.
“We don’t discuss inches or pounds — we measure a women’s strength by her confidence,” DeAngelo concluded. “The takeaway is a sense of achievement — and that’s priceless.”