Down a flight of stairs is one of Downtown Cranford’s best-kept secrets: Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness Studio. The studio is run by Sharon Sutera, who came to belly dancing after she turned 40 and was looking to get healthier. She started taking belly dance classes to get in shape and discovering that she had a passion not only for belly dancing, but also for helping other women. She became a Personal Trainer and also received certification in belly dancing and hooping.
Sharon believes that belly dancing is the perfect activity for women who are looking to become more active and don’t know where to start. You don’t need any experience as the studio offers both Beginner and Intermediate classes. The dances are all about muscle contractions, and the workouts offer the opportunity for the students to constantly improve. It doesn’t take long before the women notice a change in their bodies from the new movements they’re learning. Sharon doesn’t have set semesters so students can join at any time and jump right in. The price is reasonable also: $130 for 12 classes.
The studio offers a number of classes in addition to Belly Dancing including Hoop Fit, Booty Boot Camp, Yoga, and Burlesque. Sharon has about 75 regular students, whose ages range from 15-65. One of the things Sharon is proudest of is the community that’s formed among the women who regularly attend classes. The women constantly offer each other support and encouragement.
Sharon’s dancers have performed at local street fairs, Roxy & Duke’s in Dunellen, cruiser nights, and belly dance festivals. On May 10th at 4PM the dancers will be performing at the Belly Dance/Hoopin Hafla at the Jardine Academy in Cranford. The Hafla will include a number of dances and performances, and the dancers have been training for months for the big event. The Hafla is a great opportunity to see what Sharon Fit Belly Dance is all about – maybe you’ll be inspired to try it out for yourself.