This multi-day special event, which officially kicked off June 20 here in the Big Apple, sounds so incredibly pinch-me-I’m-dreaming amazing that I’m going to have to find some way to break it down—calmly!—for you. Accordingly, here is NYC Dance Week by the numbers:
-2nd year of the festival’s existence
-10 days (June 20-29, 2013)
-38 participating studios, including notables like Ballet Academy East, the Ailey Extension and Dance New Amsterdam
-Free and discounted classes happening across 4 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx) and 1 outside city (Ridgewood, NJ)
-1 injury prevention seminar and 2 days of individualized injury prevention assessments, sponsored by the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (Scroll down on this page for important info on these happenings.)
-4 cool sponsors, including Zico coconut water and the world-famous Copacabana nightclub
-Classes in an infinite number of dance and fitness styles! Ever wanted to try capoeira, Parkour or hula? Now’s your chance!
-More than 2000 dancers already registered to join in the fun. You must register and print out a pass to take advantage of the free classes and workshops, so make sure you do so before heading out!
Well, what are you waiting for? Sign up online and get ready for more than a week of free, fun dancing! After all, NYC Dance Week only comes once a year…
And to get even more pumped, watch this video!
One of my favorite things to do in NYC is to check out new fitness classes. I get to edit the Body section of Dance Spirit (including Health, Nutrition, Mind and Fitness stories), so not only do I get to break a solid sweat, but it's also technically considered research for my job! Two birds, one...water bottle?
This week, I was pumped to try the newest hot class in the city—Body Conceptions by Mahri—and I dragged fellow DS editors Michael and Rachel with me! (They're still a little bit mad at me...something about being "OMG so sore, I hate you!!!")
But we had a blast working out together, and I wholeheartedly recommend Mahri's class. Here's why:
- Um, Mahri is gorgeous. Like the kind of the kind of pretty you can't look at directly or you'll burn your retinas from all the hotness.
- But you can't hate her—she's probably the nicest person I've ever taken class with. So she's basically perfect. I'm still awaiting her response about my request to "please teach me everything you know about being beautiful and sweet."
- The class is ideal for dancers. You start with some simple stretching to get warm, followed by 15 minutes of cardio. Think lots of jumping jacks and fun side-to-side, forward-and-back dance moves. Next, you get into the strength training portion of class. We used 2-lb. weights (don't underestimate the power of tiny dumbbells!) to do lots of small movements and pulsing. Then we moved into lower-body stuff, like lunges and curtsy-squats, and my legs were visibly shaking. Then I was excited because we got to "come down onto the mat," but that didn't mean we got any sort of break. Instead, we did some ab work (my favorite) and bum exercises, which were killer. Finally, we wrapped up class with some return-to-high-energy dancing in the dark (yup, really).
So go check it out. You'll love Mahri and I promise you'll feel the burn. Remember: stronger body, stronger dancer.
Mahri's classes take place at the Dance New Amsterdam studios and your first class is only $20.