Niche fitness studio fills gap in market to offer classes to busy inner city women


As the tempo in the tune picks up, the energy increases in the dance studio Lala Woods is teaching.

“It’s freeing, inspiring, motivating,” said Woods, the owner of La Movement Fitness. “Dance is everything.”

Woods has been dancing for years. She stopped for a little but joined again when she was getting her degree at Buffalo State College; and when she started dancing, she started losing weight and feeling like she had more energy. 

People would ask her how she cut some pounds and that’s when she realized she wanted to start teaching classes to help other women in Buffalo.

“If we are not at our best, how can we give our best to our children and community.”

The studio, located at 1245 Main Street, offers a variety of classes including line dancing, seductive classes, children’s classes. The routines are choreographed to the top hits.

“It’s always changing so you push your body in a different way.”

Woods feels women become empowered through movement and believes when they practice wellness, they find balance.

“They’re just coming here to try something and then there’s this energy and it’s so amazingly positive.” 

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