With Spring in the air, PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT and talented singer/songwriter Bridget Kelly hosted a dance fitness class for teen girls at The Ailey Extension, The Ailey Organization’s program of dance and fitness classes for the general public.
Fitness instructor Karen Arceneaux led an afternoon sweat session that incorporated pilates moves and Ailey's signature Horton Technique. 30 girls ages 13-18 studied stretching and strengthening dance moves that had them floating gracefully across the studio floor alongside Bridget Kelly, who is preparing for the upcoming Nike marathon in Washington, DC, and participating mentors. Mentors included Marie Claire's Brittany Kozerski, Model/Dancer Damaris Lewis, celebrity nail artist Dawn Sterling, Revolt’s Marquetta Moore, Nike's Sharada Maddox, and Glamour's Sharlyn Pierre.
Special thanks to brand participants Kind Bars, Pretzel Crisps, TRUKFIT, and NIKE; event producer Selena Covington; and volunteer/fitness reporter Aja Gatling.
PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT (PGS), founded by Aeshia DeVore Branch, launched as a community-based fitness initiative catering to teenage girls ages 13-22 and highlights non-traditional workouts, group activities, and delicious recipes for young women. Get inspired at Instagram.com/PrettyGirlsSweat!
For more information and photos from the event, contact:
Aeshia DeVore Branch, Pretty Girls Sweat
Bridget Kelly is an R&B singer-songwriter from New York City. Born and raised in Manhattan, Bridget Kelly graduated from the prestigious LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts in and by late 2008 Kelly was signed to her first major recording and publishing deal with Roc Nation. Learn more at BridgetKelly.com.
Since its inception in 2005, The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Mr. Ailey’s life-long commitment to 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! This fall, The Ailey Extension will hold classes for Teens and Kids form September 8th through December 15th. For more information on how to sign your child up for classes at The Ailey Extension click here.
photo credit: Azuré Harris