Ailey Extension Celebrates Heart Health Month with New Class & More


In celebration of Heart Health Month, Valentine's Day, and the 2014 Carnaval; in February the Ailey Extension will offer a new technique, and a series of one-day only dance and fitness workshops taught by world renowned instructors, designed to move and excite participants of all levels and backgrounds. The Extension's vast offerings allow the general public a unique opportunity to experience a variety of dance and fitness techniques from around the world, including DanzatoneTM, Afro Flow Yoga (AFY), Valentine's Day Salsa, and the Spirit of Carnaval workshop.

Every Saturday in February, fitness enthusiasts and newcomers alike are invited to experience DANZATONE, a technique being offered in New York City for the first time and exclusively at The Ailey Extension. Lead by personal trainer and dancer Jose Ozuna, this 60 minute non-stop dance-fitness program that fuses world dance and music including merengue, mambo, bachata, salsa, reggaeton, dembow, hip-hop and more, with variations of high and low intensity movements that all levels can perform. The class will give your cardio routine a much needed jolt of excitement, strengthen your body and maximize the use of your core, simultaneously invoking leg strength, and flexibility.

The February 14th Valentine's Day Salsa Class taught by Baila Society, producers of the world's most comprehensive Salsa Instructional Library, has something to offer everyone. Whether or not you have a sweetheart this Valentine's Day, you're sure to have a good time. No partner required for class; meet new people and have fun learning the moves that will turn heads and impress your next partner on the dance floor.

Quenia Ribeiro, resident instructor, native Brazilian, and director of Grupo Ribeiro, will lead the Spirit of Carnaval Workshop on February 16th in advance of Brazil's yearly Carnaval festival (February 28th- March 4th). The class explores the different styles of dance and rhythm, from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador de Bahia. Participants can choose from three different class selections: Samba Drumming, an instructional class on the technique of playing samba percussions in the style of a acteria from Rio de Janeiro; Samba in Platform Heels, a special class that focuses on dancing Samba No Pe in high heels while preventing embarrassing slips and falls; and Samba Reggae/Samba da Bahia, a session dedicated to the dances of Bahia - the birthplace of Samba - including the high energy dance styles of Samba de Roda, Samba Reggae and Samba Afro.




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