About the Director
La Belle Vie Fitness & Dance began in a homeschool co-op in a small room at Laurel Church of the Nazarene when I decided I wanted to try and teach ballet. After the semester was over, a couple of the mothers asked if I would be teaching ballet again the next year. As requests for a structured, faith-based dance studio increased, I decided to open my own. At 19, I rented a building in Delmar and called it, Praise Him with a Dance.
For two years, God blessed me with precious young children to teach until he changed my path slightly and Praise Him with a Dance closed its doors. I pursued my Personal Training certification while still receiving questions from mothers who needed a Christian dance studio for their children. God laid it on my heart to re-open a dance studio, but this time to open it to both of my passions.
Dance is something I have always been passionate about. I've been dancing since I was 4 years old and can't imagine not having it in my life. Sharing my love of dance with others has brought me such joy and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my love of dance and my love of my heavenly Father with children of all ages. I trained with DDC (Delaware Dance Company) and InSync Dance. I was very blessed to have been a part of various classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote.
Fitness is also a great passion of mine as I want everyone to feel that they are capable of anything. God has called us to be ready for whatever he puts in our path. I hope that I can be that aid for my clients to, not only grow physically stronger, but spiritually stronger as well.
My greatest desire is that everyone who walks through my doors will walk away feeling cared for and loved, not only by me but also by their heavenly Father. The moment you enter the building, you are family!
~ Amanda E. Howard ~
Our students are encouraged to be the best they can be without feeling the pressure to compete or be someone else. Each dancer is unique, with their own gifts and talents that they can use to make our dance studio different from all others. Students are encouraged to use their own special gifts and talents in all of our classes.
Each student is corrected individually in order to make sure that they grow in their own way and are placed in classes accordingly so that they are never held back or left behind. We are focused on raising up a new generation of dancers with a heart for praise and worship.
Each class opens with a memory verse and prayer time. This allows each student to meditate on God's word and begin class with a readiness to glorify him with their dancing. The verses given to each class will then be quoted on recital night.
Students will study various techniques including Finis Jhung, Balanchine, and Vaganova.
Pre-Ballet and Tap
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice."
Intro to Ballet and Tap
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Ballet 1 and 2
"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
Injury and illness can hinder performance, making it difficult to reach your goals.
Our trainers teach preventative methods to ensure that injury and illness become less of an issue. We also believe in looking at the body as a whole instead of just focusing on the strength and musculature of our clients. Because of this, clients will walk out of each class able to take charge of both their health and fitness from home.
La Belle Vie also works closely with a Naturopathic doctor (medical care that focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment that helps facilitate the body's inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health) to help aid clients in total-body care.
We combine elements of dance, isometric strength training, and cardio in most of our workouts. Exercises are done using precise, low-impact movements in order to strengthen and tone long, lean muscles. Our clients are able to choose between high intensity and low intensity based on their individual needs. All movements incorporate cardio elements to get your heart pumping as well as flexibility enhancing stretches.
All our classes are taught by highly trained and certified instructors. We carefully craft our choreography along with targeted stretches in order to produce long and sculpted muscles and flexibility. You will be challenged based on your own physical needs and will walk out of our classes feeling strong and inspired.
Amanda Howard is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Health Specialist. Amanda works with athletes, dancers, performers, children & adults who wish to maintain and build strong, healthy bodies on and offseason. She specializes in teaching prevention methods for injuries and illness by instructing clients on how to maintain strength and endurance.
Family members (same household) receive 10% off any of our one-month group class services.
Veterans, active-duty military, and law enforcement receive 30% off any of our services.