Are You Fit to Dance? McBurney YMCA Has Created a One Day Intensive to Kick Off Your Routine!

Joined by New York City Ballet’s Silas Farley, McBurney YMCA’s dynamic troupe of instructor’s, also professional dancers, Lori Belilove (Artistic Director of Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company), Makiko Sato (Michael Mao Dance Company), Yurie Yoshida ( Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Faith Kimberling (Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company), Jacquelene Acevedo (Alvin Ailey and Ballet Hispanico) and Leslie Howitt (GROOVE ®) are teaming up a for a fun day of conditioning and dance workshops on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 9:00AM-5:00PM. (Register here for 10% discount)

The day begins with a keynote session led by Silas Farley where he will conduct a ballet technique workshop focusing on the importance of conditioning and dance. This will include barre, center exercises and a grand allegro combination, followed by a Q&A. The overall itinerary for the day will include classes in dance conditioning and technique: Barre, Zumba, Cardio Jazz, GROOVE ®, Pilates and Yoga.

Fit to Dance One Day Intensive is designed to introduce the opportunity of accessible and fun dance technique and conditioning to the broader dance community.  All dance forms require an artful combination of knowledge, skill, discipline, and ability. Fit to Dance participants will learn to improve their ability through focus on technique, increasing their knowledge of the origins of various dance forms, and conditioning practices with an emphasis on building strength, endurance, balance and flexibility in all of the workshops.

 “We have been in the process of expanding the Adult Dance programming at McBurney and, by chance, I saw Silas perform at an event where I was struck by the physicality of his performance. When you observe Silas Farley perform, you realize how much strength, flexibility, balance and endurance he exerts in unison with his dance.  I asked Silas if he would be willing to explore the connection of his art form with all of the components of fitness- strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and cardiovascular fitness –and further to join us in offering workshops to our dance participants at McBurney, as well as the greater community – to explore these connections Fit to Dance was born,” James Dolle, MPH, CSCS, Healthy Lifestyles Director, McBurney YMCA.

 As a performer with the New York City Ballet, daily practice sessions provide an intensive workout regimen for Silas. However, when he is not in performance mode, he practices Pilates.

“Generally dance training tends to focus on flexibility, emphasizing stretching. I think this can lead to injury. Building muscle is also critical. Because Pilates incorporates both stretching and strengthening the core, it is particularly good for this type of training, often reducing the risk of injury,” says Makiko Sato, who will be conducting a workshop at Fit to Dance on "Pilates for Dance."

 The McBurney YMCA has been offering various forms of classical dance for nearly 15 years. Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company is now in residencewith the McBurney YMCA dance program, which has grown out of a history of traditional dance including ballet, jazz, modern and tap and has blossomed to include new dance techniques such as Zumba, Groove, and Nia.  

 "The location could not be better," says Belilove, as the IDDF main offices are in Chelsea, and the Company has been offering Duncan for teens & children at the YMCA for over 12 years. This partnership allows the overall dance program to grow,” says Lori Belilove. 

 McBurney YMCA’s dance program offers workshops for smaller groups of 8-10 participants that focus on developing Ballet and Tap technique as well as larger group classes for cardio and performance. Members learn to perform the dance form that they love, and have access to an array of other classes such as Pilates, Yoga, Barre and various cardio conditioning classes.

 Whether you are going to dance cardio or looking to develop your ballet technique, a well-rounded approach to dance including strength, conditioning, and stretching is a must!  The technical demands of all dance forms require muscular strength, flexibility, balance, muscular endurance, and cardiorespiratory fitness. Emphasis on the components of fitness contributes to maintaining a healthy body balance which will lead to greater ease and enjoyment of the practice of dance.

Register online for Fit to Dance on Saturday, October 15th: Register here for 10% discount