August 26, 2013 – New York, NY – This past Saturday, August 24, The Ailey Extension, The Ailey Organization’s program of dance and fitness classes for the general public, and beloved actress, songstress, dancer, and TV personality, Adrienne Bailon hosted PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT's BACK TO SCHOOL ZUMBA PARTY presented with Women on the Move. Women On The Move (WOTM), a New York-based female empowerment organization, provided female mentors accomplished in their perspective fields with a day of fun-filled activities they can enjoy while inspiring and educating young girls to become their best selves.
It was a day full of SWEAT-spiration and excitement as The Ailey Extension’s Shahidah Ansari Zumba® Jammer (Choreography Specialist) led a class of over 80 girls ages 13-18 who danced non stop to a high-energy Zumba mix alongside Adrienne and participating mentors. Mentors included, radio personality and marketing maven, Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop’s Tahiry Jose, ESSENCE Senior Health and Relationships Editor, Sharon Boone, Black Girls Code’s Donna Knutt, Balan Inc. co-founder, Michou St. Jules, Celebrity Nail Artist, Dawn Sterling, Dr. Afriye Amerson, Ernst & Young’s Erin Hajj, and Island/Def Jam digital marketing manager Christina Smith. Emerging Latin pop singer Veronica Vega also stopped by to inspire teen guests with her fitness story.
"PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT means that the fly girls take good care of themselves, that the fly girls are healthy, and they are not afraid to sweat," says Adrienne Bailon. "I think that is an amazing thing."
Sirius XM’s DJ S. WHiT turned up the event as a guest DJ. Brand participants included TRUKFIT, Under Armour, Beats by Dre, True Vision Media Group, and J Travel Management. Congrats to teen guest Gabrielle Abraham for scoring a Beats By Dre white pill for back to school! Check out the video recap below!
Since its inception in 2005, The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people.” The Extension offers over 80 classes per week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques for all levels. Over 55,000 people have taken classes at Ailey’s home, New York’s largest building dedicated to dance, where dancers of all levels and walks of life can learn and be inspired – body, mind, and spirit! For more information on how to sign your child up for classes at The Ailey Extension click here.
Adrienne Bailon is a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and TV personality from New York City’s lower east side. Her first claim to fame was the successful award-winning hip-hop soul and R&B girl group 3LW. Bailon and former 3LW member Kiely Williams became half of Disney’s International phenomenon The Cheetah Girls. Amid a popular musical group, a multi-platinum album, and film The Cheetah Girls: One World, Bailon became an unstoppable force in the industry. Throughout her career, Bailon has continually dedicated herself to empowering women and giving back to charity through prestigious organizations, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of America. As a trendsetter of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, Bailon was proud to accept Latina Magazine’s 2012 award for “Latina Fashionista of the Year.” She also expanded her entrepreneurial endeavors by launching her new “Fingertip Fetish” nail polish line. In addition, fans can look forward to Bailon acting on ABC Family’s first movie musical entitled “Elixir,” beside Jane Seymour and Sara Paxton due for release in early 2013. A second season for the reality show of her weekly chronicle “Empire Girls,” alongside model/television personality Julissa Bermudez, is now in negotiation with the Style Network.
SWEAT MAKES CENTS (formerly known as Teen Diaries Foundation) provides hands-on and virtual programming for multicultural female students (ages 13-22) across the nation. The 501(c)3 non-profit's direct service includes the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT (PGS) Ambassador program, which gives college students the opportunity to encourage their peers to stay fit by giving them a platform to create and publish inspirational social media content and host on-campus fitness gatherings. In addition, the PGS Reporter Program provides hands-on and e-mentoring to female high school and college-age students interested in pursuing careers in journalism (such as online media, radio, TV, newspaper, and magazines) and annual college scholarships to 6 carefully selected student reporters. For more information, visit sweatmakescents.org.
Women on the Move is an organization that helps young women achieve professional success and embrace philanthropy as a key ingredient of that success. The mission of their organization is to INFORM, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER the next generation of business owners, political figures, entertainers, educators, authors, and high-level executives. They do this through the sharing and crafting of transformational stories. WOTM provides venues for both speakers and listeners committed to growth, transformation and a community of support. Women on the Move, mentors as they move.