Friday, July 13, 2012

Magical Moments in NYC: Clap Your Hands, Y'all!

Apparently, I was in the right place at the right time yesterday afternoon. I was wandering through Union Square when sweet, sweet funk music hit my ears and led me to the performance stage for 'Summer in the Square', a program providing free dance entertainment, fitness classes and children's activities in the park.

Last night's performance was led by the infamous Kim Holmes. Although I've never heard of her, I'm sure she's a legend in her own right. That woman could dance! The DJ was spinning everything from funk to hip-hop while Ms. Holmes did her thing with a bevy of backup dancers. Her smile was contagious, so much so that the whole crowd in front of the stage was dancing too - the young, the old and the in-between. She even dragged some children up on stage to exhibit their dance moves (unfortunately for all, the child she chose first was picking her nose the whole time and seemed uninterested in the whole 'dance' thing). Minus this child, everyone else seemed to be having a fantastic time.

This is one thing that I love about NYC, these magical moments. I stumble across this kind of stuff all the time. NYC is also really proactive in offering community activities where you can have fun while you workout. If 'Dancing with the Stars' has taught us anything, it's that you burn calories when you dance and you're not thinking about it because you're having so much fun! 

For those of you in NYC or who will be visiting this summer, Union Square will be doing the free dance shows every Thursday at 6 pm through mid-August. They're also offering free fitness classes on Thursday mornings from 7-10 am. Check out the full schedule here:

If you live in Brooklyn, you can also check out Brooklyn Bridge Park's free 'Waterfront Workouts' - everything from Zumba and belly dancing to pilates and hip-hop dance. Check out the full schedule here:

Even if you don't live in the city, you might be surprised to find that your city offers something similar. But either way, the moral of the story today is... take a minute, put on your favorite jam, grab a buddy and in the words of Lady Gaga... JUST DANCE! Your body and your spirit will thank you.

Happy Friday!

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