JM Kennedy Studio makes fitness sexy

JM Kennedy Studio makes fitness sexy

Above, director Jennifer Kennedy, center, practices with dancers, from left, Shaffany Terrell, Kerri Tracy, Priscilla Benkhart, and Kim Diorio-Rooney. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – Standard exercise classes have their place, says Jennifer Kennedy, but more women all the time are looking for new and “sexy” ways to empower themselves through their fitness routines.

Kennedy, owner of JM Kennedy Dance and Pole Fitness Studio and JMK Entertainment, has opened a new location for her studio at the McDevitt Building, 21 Broad St., Pawtucket.

“What women ask me for, that’s what I give them,” says Kennedy. “I guarantee you’ll get a workout, but in a sexy way.”

Kennedy says JMK has built up quite a following of women from across the area who love to get fit using anything from pole fitness and burlesque dance to chair dancing, belly dancing, and even “how to strip for your guy” classes. In ever-increasing numbers, women across the country are discovering this different side of themselves, she told The Valley Breeze.

Throw out all the pre-conceived notions about what a studio like this is, says Kennedy. The mission here is to “empower women to meet their individual goals of enhanced self-esteem by creating a feeling of self-satisfaction, increased sense of well-being and the acknowledgment and awakening of (their) sensual side – all while having fun.”

This, says Kennedy, is the “ultimate core and body workout” for the modern woman. She said she loves “offering something unique” in the Providence area.

There are two main points of emphasis with JMK, says Kennedy, the studio classes and a monthly burlesque show put on by dancers as her studio is converted into “The House of Mood.”

The Pawtucket City Council granted Kennedy a liquor license for her new location at its first meeting in January, allowing her to sell beer and wine during shows. Tickets and schedules can be found at . Tickets are sold in pairs, as these are events for couples.

Past shows have included “Murder Mystery Burlesque” and “50 Shades of Burlesque.” Dancers are now practicing for a special Valentine’s Day show.

JMK had to move out of its most recent location at 461 Main St. after owners of the Isle Brewers Guild bought that building for a future beer consortium.

JMK has signed a five-year lease in the McDevitt Building at 21 Broad St., which is the former home of Alison Bologna’s Shri Yoga. Kennedy said she loves the space and plans to expand within the building in short order. She also plans to offer more classes, like evening salsa.

Kennedy officially opens her new studio this week.

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Priscilla Benkhart, of Newport, practices her routine for the upcoming show.