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June 7
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The New Shine Fitness Center
If you've ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you undoubtedly have been in awe of the superhuman strength of the performers. Watching in amazement, you wonder how they contort their bodies, in ways that seem physically impossible. They seem to defy the laws of gravity, flexibility and agility. All of it seems effortless! These performers must be in the gym for hours, lifting weights, cardio training, doing Pilates, or yoga. If you ask them about their regime, they will tell you that they hardly spend any time in a gym. Many do not eat a balanced meal. But they understand how to make their body lean and fit through exercise.

One Cirque du Soleil performer decided to take his fitness training and knowledge to the next level, and show everyone that you don’t have to be a Cirque performer to have a lean and chiseled body. He wanted everyone to experience what it was like to train with a professional performing artist. “The concept was created three years ago, says Dima Shine. I wanted to create something for people to get fit and to give them something that they love doing! Dance movements are always challenging…fitness can be fun and interesting. We don’t focus on skills but rather the movement.”

Dima Shine and Russ Petroni, both came from performing arts backgrounds. They decided to open a brand new type of fitness center that is a combination of different physical exercises mixed with an artist touch. It gives others the chance to be able to feel and experience what the artistic performing world is about. Shine Alternative Fitness opened in February 2012 in Las Vegas and showcases such classes as ANTIGRAVITY® Yoga, Pole Fitness, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Zumba, Gyrokinesis, Flexibility, Basic Yoga and Kickboxing.  Additional classes are added continuously. “I am not a performer, says Russ.  I worked with performers. What we did was create an adult playground. You might not work for Cirque du Soleil, but you can still learn the moves!”

Inside The Studio

Once you step inside the dance studio, you feel as though you are about to walk on stage, and rehearse for a show. This particular cast includes you! The colors are soothing and inviting. Music is bellowing throughout. The floor is covered with special padding. Wires hang from the ceiling with silk hammocks attached. There are thirteen poles for pole dancing - Fifteen hammocks for antigravity yoga. Four - 24 foot high aerial silks, two gyrotonics and 18 instructors.

These instructors are not your ordinary instructors.  In fact, they are extraordinary!  The roster is like reading the pages of Playbill for a major Broadway production. Most perform for Cirque du Soleil: “Mystere,” “O,” and “Zumanity.”  They have appeared on television and in movies.  One dancer appeared in the film “Black Swan,” with Natalie Portman.  One was a member of the Russian national gymnastics team.  Another was a semifinalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” And yet another is a sixth generation circus entertainer.  Most have been trained by the best in the industry. All have performed both nationally and internationally.  

Their expertise ranges from Chinese poles, Russian swing, tumbling and aerial bungee trapeze, pole fitness, acrobatics, aerial gymnastics, hula-hoop contortion, contemporary dance and manipulation, AntiGravity® yoga, aerial dance and choreography.  Not the typical workout routine you would find in an ordinary gym!   They are disciplined, enthusiastic, and passionate about their craft as they practice and perfect their moves until they are satisfied.  Practice, Practice, Practice is their mantra!   

“Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
-Chinese Proverb

To touch, feel, understand and appreciate the natural gifts and abilities of the human body is the foundation of this unique fitness center.  The goal of Shine Alternative Fitness is to encourage everyone to discover his or her own spirit through “the art of fitness”.

Shine Alternative Fitness is off the beaten path and it is worth the trip. 
For information on classes, schedule, location and instructors, go to

Let yourself Shine!

By: Smartervegas