For the first time in history, the U.S. synchronized swimming team did not qualify
for the Olympics. However, any fears that this may signal the demise of the oft mocked sport
are misplaced, as aquatic choreography is having a moment, culturally speaking. From chic hotel pool performances to hip fitness classes, synchronized swimming is one of this summer’s hottest ways to stay cool.
The Brooklyn Peaches:
Nearly two years after LA-based troupe Aqualillies hit the pool, New York has a similarly stylish crew of swimming dancers to call its own. The Brooklyn Peaches
, a coed Kings County crew that formed at a neighborhood YMCA
last fall, is making a splash with its elegant water ballets. The creation of the retro-styled ensemble, founded by friends Nicole Sciarrillo and Nicole Salm, dovetails with the hotel pool trend
that’s taken swampy NYC by storm
this summer. So far, they've performed at the kitschy midtown Holiday Inn and the bougie hipster oasis King & Grove
, among others, their constantly crimson lips giving women everywhere proof that truly waterproof makeup does exist.
Aquabatix Master Class:
London isn’t the best destination for sun-worshippers, making outdoor hotel swimming pools rare. In fact, The Berkeley
is the only hotel in the city
with a rooftop pool
. But the hotel needs to find compelling ways to get people into the water given the UK's perennially gray skies. So, in celebration of the summer games, they’ve partnered with award-winning British synchronized swimming team Aquabatix to offer 90-minute master classes
. The fitness-focused
curriculum includes key moves such as the ‘egg beater kick,’ a graceful, hands-free method of treading water, and ‘sculling,’ which are hand movements used to propel the body. Each class concludes with a choreographed routine set to music.