A dancer discovers the satisfactions of learning the famously demanding technique. Ana Marie Forsythe's eyes twinkle, and a smile plays at the corners of her mouth as she welcomes the 40-plus teachers who are enrolled for her two-week-long Horton teacher-training workshop at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater studios in New York City - plus me, a dancer and writer, taking part for the day.
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Good Day NY's Christal Young tries a variety of dance classes offered at the Ailey Extension, including Horton, Hip-Hop, African and Vogue.
The moment she walks into the studio, Robin Dunn transforms her beginner hip-hop class into a party. Her adult students at the Ailey Extension in New York City are a mix of first time drops-ins and longtime regulars. "My agenda is big," says Dunn, a native New Yorkers. "Its more than just 'Come sweat and have fun' - I want everyone to feel better about themselves, to feel fit and cool."
Now, I’m totally hooked on the flow. I consider myself a person that’s pretty invested in exercising—I pay for a gym membership and actually use it, and I’ve started to enjoy running outdoors now that I’ve found a few favorite sneakers and sports bras that make me feel secure. But like many people, I have a hard time getting active when it’s cold out. Between the months of December and March, I tend to go into workout hibernation. I’d just rather stay in my apartment and Netflix and chill (literally) than swing a kettlebell.
Afro flow yoga infuses traditional yoga and African dance to get you up and moving, allowing you to stretch and dance off calories.
Afro Flow blends West African dancing, vinyasa style, live drumming and singing. Inside a glass-enclosed dance studio at the Ailey School in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan, a diverse group of New Yorkers, stripped down to sports bras, T-shirts, tights and bare feet, stretched in a circle. Light drumming and singing accompanied a gentle, yoga flow.
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News 12's Lenneia Batiste jumps into Jose Ozuna's DanzaTone, a workout class offered at the Ailey Extension that combines fun dance moves with toning your body.
News 12's Lenneia Batiste explores a fitness class at Ailey Extension that teaches all the latest Indian dances while helping people burn calories.
Ailey Extension DanzaTone instructor Jose Ozuna teaches anchors Kelly Rippa and Ryan Seacrest a dance fitness workout during their "JanYOUary" segment.