Zumba, other free fitness classes at Lou Conte Dance Studio

February 26, 2010 10:06:42 AM PST
If you've let your New Year's resolution slide, it's no too late to start getting fit. You can try Zumba, the red-hot Latin workout, or other dance-based fitness classses for free this weekend. Lou Conte Dance Studio is holding its Winter Open House on Sunday, February 28 from 11 am to 2:30 pm. It's an opportunity to experience a selection of free beginner classes as an introduction to the various programs LCDS has to offer. "This is the perfect opportunity to try a new class or introduce a friend to all LCDS has to offer," says Claire Bataille, founding dancer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and current director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio. "All of our open house classes are geared toward beginners, and would be a great way to motivate those personal health and wellness New Year resolutions."

Taught by members of the notable LCDS faculty, free 50-minute beginner classes will be offered in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, yoga, Pilates, hip hop, African and LCDS' newest fitness classes -- Zumba and BeMoved. The Winter Open House will also offer two Creative Movement Family Workshops for parents and children from 3 to 8 years old. The 30-minute classes will be held at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., and give families a chance to explore the different ways to move their bodies through space and how to communicate meaning through dance.

The LCDS Winter Open House is free, open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. If you go, you'll also receive a "2-for-1 Class Pass," which allows students to buy one LCDS class and get a second class free. The event will also include a raffle for LCDS Class Cards, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago merchandise, an individualized Pilates session with Claire Bataille, and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at the LCDS front desk.

The LCDS Winter Open House will be held at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, located in the Hubbard Street Dance Center at 1147 West Jackson Boulevard, on the southeast corner of Jackson and Racine, Chicago. For more information, call the Lou Conte Dance Studio at 312-850-9766 or visit www.hubbardstreetdance.com.

The Lou Conte Dance Studio (LCDS), established by Lou Conte in 1974, offers classes to adults and teens in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, African, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and hip hop. Named "Best Dance Class for Adults" by Chicago magazine, the studio offers a wide variety of levels from beginner to professional, as well as workshops to enhance the learning experience. As part of its commitment to providing quality training, LCDS offers a scholarship program for advanced dancers, which give is a definitive step into the professional dance world. The facility houses five dance studios equipped with state-of-the-art floors and audio systems, including two stage-sized spaces. With a faculty of experienced performers, choreographers, and musicians from the Chicago community, and an exceptional facility, LCDS continues to be one of the best training centers in the country.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), under the artistic leadership of newly announced artistic director Glenn Edgerton, celebrates over 30 years as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance. Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, HSDC presents performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. The company's ensemble of dancers displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, allowing HSDC to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international choreographers. HSDC also contributes to dance's evolution by developing new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theatre. Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, HSDC has expanded beyond its main company to include Hubbard Street 2, which cultivates young professional dancers and choreographers, serves as the foundation of HSDC's education initiatives and performs nationally and internationally with a diverse and engaging repertoire; extensive Education & Community Programs which offer city- and state-accredited professional development for teachers to incorporate movement into curriculums and expose young people to dance; and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers a wide variety of classes weekly in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, African, hip-hop and Pilates at levels from basic to professional, as well as workshops and master classes.

For information, visit www.hubbardstreetdance.com