The much-anticipated Dance Fitness Party Houston delivered on its promise to bring individuals and families together for a day of fitness and fun.
Sponsored by George Foreman Youth and Community Center, Chick-fil-A, and Empower Magazine, the event offered a perfect blend of music and cardio for an empowering day of high-intensity fitness.
“It all started with an idea four months ago and now here we are, kicking this thing off,” said Rasaq Lawal of Jaajo Dance Cardio, one of the coordinators of the event. “I have been a dancer all my life and I just know the power of healing that art has and I just want to share that with people.”
Co-coordinator, Justin Dickenson, owner of DBS Productions, described the fitness movement as a great opportunity to get the community in shape.
Participants began with a soothing session of yoga led by Anna and Derek Morris before fitness experts Jaajo Dance Cardio, Terry Williams from the League, Drexel Long and MDC Crew set things in high gear with individual high-intensity exercise sessions throughout the day.
Special guest hosts 95.7 FM, DJ Athenz and Full Metal infused the atmosphere with music designed to keep participants bodies moving and blood pumping.
Former NFL player turned speaker and poet, Jay Barnett, provided a workout for the mind as he inspired the audience members with two original poems to encourage young people to recognize their value.
“I spend a lot of my time traveling across the U.S. teaching young kings and queens about identifying who they are and making good choices,” said Barnett.
The day also featured performances by Tobe Nwige, Full Metal and Live Out Loud Band as well as a high-energy performance by the SoundBox Studios Dancers.
Chick-fil-A (Beltway 8/Bellaire and 59/West Airport) provided participants with a mid-day nutritional break to refuel and refresh before rounding out the day of fitness.
A gratitude circle formed in Edrina Newman’s hip hop class summed up the significance of the day as one participant shared her testimony on the impact fitness has had on her outlook and health.
Whether engaged in yoga, high-tempo Zumba, West African Dance and hop hop exercises or learning the art of belly dance, there was something for everyone as Dance Fitness Party Houston kicked off the start of a life-changing fitness revolution in Houston.