If you know me, then you know that dance has been something I’ve enjoyed my entire life. From the day my mom forced me into a tiny leotard and ballet slippers at age 3, all the way through dance classes for the next 10 years (and don’t forget cheerleading from ages 8-17), dance has been something that is such a release for me. Aside from Lacrosse and tennis, I’ve never been someone who’s interested in traditional athletics – think soccer, softball, basketball… all of those are awful to me, considering I struggle to make any sort of bat to ball contact during even a wiffleball game. This probably drives my father crazy since he’s a gym teacher & coach, but hey – that’s what siblings are for, right? To make up for what you lack?
My strengths have always been in dance and cheerleading, and they’re things I’ve found comfort in for as long as I can remember. Once I started college and my cheerleading career was over, the only real dance outlet I had were the Zumba classes I took every once in a while. And then when I was post-grad, I started taking Zumba classes on a much for frequent basis because in addition to being great exercise, it gave me this release of being able to move in a way that I had craved so much since high school.
Which brings me to the Rickey Sisters. Not to sound like a massive weirdo, but this class has improved my quality of life so much. Yes, Zumba is fun and it’s a great workout, but it’s so different than a choreographed dance class where you’re learning an actual routine and you get to add your own flare of attitude and sass to it. I’m not gonna lie, the first class was a lil rough for me – I watched a playback of it and was disappointed to see that the talents I once had didn’t seem to be there anymore. I wasn’t sharp, I wasn’t fluid, I wasn’t going into the moves hard enough.. but I felt SO GOOD. So I went back again. And again. And again. And again.
I go to their class at Studio B every Wednesday night at 7:30 – I even went a few days after my wisdom teeth came out, because I had zero desire to miss whatever routine we were learning that week. Alyssa and Sammy are the BEST instructors ever – they’re kind, funny, and they genuinely appreciate that you want to come to their class. They’ll also just really great at teaching – I never feel like they’re moving on from a step too quickly, and they’re great at repeating counts over and over until every single person in the class feels comfortable moving on. And the best part is that every week, I feel and see myself getting better – getting closer to where I used to be. And it’s not only physical changes. My mood has been so much better since starting these classes – I have something to look forward to every single week, and I feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride when I’m able to learn the routine and execute it the entire thing by the end of the class. At $34 a class, it’s the cheapest therapy around.
Interested in taking a class? You can find their Instagram here (filled with insanely cool dance videos) and sign up for their class here. Questions? DM me ANY you have! I get DMs from you guys after every single video I post asking how you can sign up – I’d LOVE to see you there!
Unfortunately I don’t have a clear video of me from the first class, but posting all of the other routines I’ve learned below so you can get a feel for what the class is like – the videos are in order from earlier classes to the latest one (the last one is my favorite!):