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Fitness Labs sponsored by FitEngine


During our festival, several selected instructors will be teaching free Fitness Labs sponsored by FitEngine, classes designed to have you try different styles of dance as well as unique fitness & wellness classes. 


Majority of the classes will be held at DANY Studios (305 W 38th St/8th Ave, New York, NY 10018) and the rest at Moving Visions (19 Murray Street, 3rd Fl, New York, NY 10007).  Please contact NYC Dance Week for any questions/inquiries.

You must register for the festival before signing up.



Step 1. Register for NYC Dance WEEK.

Step 2. View the offered labs below.   Labs are being held at either DANY Studios or Moving Visions.

Step 3. Create an account/sign in and enroll for the lab on

Step 4. Once on Front Desk (All Classes & Services page), scroll down to Fitness Labs and click on the lab you’d like to take.

Step 5. View calendar by month and click on the lab.

Step 6. The calendar view will change to Day view. Click on the class again and click enroll.


Please log back in to cancel the lab you signed up for if you can no longer make it.

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Moving Visions Studio, Open Stretch with Tasha Norman

Tasha Norman is the founder of the celebrated online fitness resource FitEngine, Inc. (, CEO/publisher of Tendu Magazine and FitEngine Magazine and founder of the popular NYC Dance Week Festival ( Tasha, is a former elite gymnast, athlete and dancer and certified in Pilates and Anatomy from Pilates On Fifth, and trained in Classical Pilates at Romana’s Pilates in 2006. And also writes for the soon-to-launch blog, Searching4Perfection, a blog for individuals to get ‘per-fit’ and fabulous revealing no-nonsense truths on techniques that really work and why. Tasha’s journey travels from injury to incredible and shares her love of teaching and training with individuals who want to look really good and feel great, no matter what body type their starting with. Her class focuses on working smart with proper alignment, core and hip strength, flexibility, toning, strengthening and defining. Its a whole body conditioning approach while also improving the trouble spots. Her philosophy is: we are always improving, always learning and its all good. Tasha is excited to welcome everyone to be a part of the Moving Visions Downtown family. Thank you all.

Class Description:
This class will improve your flexibility and help prevent injuries. Stretching is important to do on a regular basis to prevent injuries and keep the body working efficiently. if you feel tightness or need to improve your flexibility or just need a stretch after your workout, this is the class for you.
This class also teaches anatomy and bio-mechanic tips to achieving splits safely.


Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Moving Visions Studio, Thai Partner Stretching by Nicole Touzien

Nicole Touzien is a Florida-born dancer, educator & administrator. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and is also an experienced Assisted Thai Yoga practitioner. She currently serves Brooklyn-based dance education nonprofit, Dancewave, as Director of Education and NYC Dance Week as Studio Relations Director. Prior to joining the NYC Dance family, she worked for prominent dance organizations such as Dancing Classrooms NYC and Dance New Amsterdam. Nicole has also been on faculty for the Maricopa County Community College District, a Guest Artist in New York and South Korea, and has performed across the US, Mexico, and Northern Ireland. She is currently working on Feels Like Home, a collaborative performance project asking questions about place, belonging, and home.

Learn more at

Class Description:
In this hands-on laboratory, we will explore various stretches used in Thai wellness modalities. No partner is needed to register, however we will be working in pairs. Areas of focus will be the hamstrings, hip flexors, lower and upper back, and chest. Through passive stretch, we will work to increase range of motion and increase flexibility, which can aid in pain relief, relaxation, and increased well-being. Please wear comfortable pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and bring either a yoga mat and/or blanket.


Saturday, June 18, 2016, 6-7:00 PM, DANY Studios, Cuban Dance Class with Alison Blank


Class Description:The Rueda de Casino – “Crash Course”  An all level exploration into this popular Cuban dance style.  This class will cover techniques (footwork, body positioning, partnering) in Casino (which is typically danced with a single partner), and moves in the Rueda (which is danced in a circle with a group).  Pick-up dance skills that can be applied to many dance styles, and moves that can open up all sorts of social possibilities in the Cuban dance community. No partner, or experience necessary.


Sunday, June 19, 2016, 7-8 PM, DANY Studios, Beyonce/Hip-Hop Class with Asya “Ava J” Jefferson

Asya “Ava J”Jefferson is a native from New Haven, CT. Professional Modern Dancer, and Hip Hop choreographer. With a background in African dance, she has taught at private schools public school like Scared Heart and Cooperative Arts Humanities Magnet High School. She has Danced her way to stages with well known music artist we see today. She has taught in the dance studios of Alvin Ailey, Ripley Griers, Mark Morris and many more. “Ava J” is also Owner of B.flymovement a nonprofit organization that allows women to form bonds in the world of Fitness, Dance and many more fundamental activities that allows other women to stay in shape while also creating friendships.

Class Description: To be posted soon.


Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM, DANY Studios, Nutrition/Conditioning with Gabbi Berkow

Gabbi Berkow is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and Pilates teacher as well as a lifelong dancer. She earned a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University and is currently completing her training as a Registered Dietitian through NYU’s Clinical Nutrition program.

Gabbi has worked as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor in a variety of settings. Her clientele has spanned a
wide array of ages, fitness levels, and body types as well as individuals with special needs. Gabbi utilizes her
extensive studies of the human body and exercise science to design sound individualized exercise programs that
help clients achieve their goals while correcting muscular imbalances. She also provides nutrition counseling
and personalized meal planning to address all aspects of a client’s wellness and enhance health holistically.
Gabbi is highly passionate about applying her expertise in exercise and nutrition to dancers: she published
nutrition, conditioning, and technique guidelines for dancers and won multiple awards for her research as part of
the National Dance Association.

A dancer since age 3, Gabbi has trained in ballet, modern, tap, and jazz at a variety of prestigious institutions,
including Paul Taylor Dance Company Intensives, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Goucher College,
Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. Gabbi also extensively studied the Alexander Technique
method of postural retraining and has over a decade of experience in Pilates, completing her full Pilates
apparatus and mat certification through Romana’s Pilates.

Gabbi aims to help every individual achieve optimal wellness through an integrative, holistic blend of personal
training, individualized exercise prescription, nutrition counseling, and total health coaching. To learn more
about Gabbi or her nutrition and exercise services, please visit her website at

Class Description:
This is a workshop that blends information about optimal nutrition and conditioning strategies for dancers to maximize performance and longevity while minimizing injury risk.  All information will be based on the most up-to-date fitness and nutrition principles.  Participants will receive a summary handout.

Following the lecture is a bodyweight conditioning class.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM, DANY Studios, Cheer Fitness with Saida Leekong

Saida Leekong is a Former Professional Dancer and Founder of ProCheer Fitness & Dance.Her career began as a cheerleader for NBA (Memphis Grizzlies) and NFL ( New York Jets), she has since worked as a dancer for major recording artist and currently can be found in NYC teaching her workout SexiFit which features popular choreography and dance moves from todays biggest Icons. In her spare time she works with at risk youth offering free and low cost dance and fitness programming through her non profit Heads Up Cheer & Dance.

More info at


Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM, DANY Studios, Broadway Burn with Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson, an accomplished dancer, actress and inspiring writer has been seen from Europe to Broadway in such musical theater productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Can-Can, For Colored Girls…, Jelly’s Last Jam, Joseph… and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophisticated Ladies, They’re Playing Our Song, Sweet Charity, and The Tempest just to name a few. Her most recent accomplishment includes a twelve year run in the highly acclaimed Broadway musical revival, Chicago, alongside such notables as Bebe Neuwirth, Usher, Patrick Stewart, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Melanie Griffith, and Brooke Shields, etc. No stranger to film and TV, she has had a long-running recurring role as, Mrs. Sharp, on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live.

As an educator, Michelle is the proud co-creator of BROADWAY in the SCHOOLS an in-school, artist-in-residency program which utilizes professionals of the trade and is designed to bring the experience of creating every aspect of an original “Broadway Style” musical, from script to stage, to students.

Class Description:
Seeking willing participants to come an be apart of the makings of the BROADWAY BODY BURN, a new dancercise system that’s sure to appeal to the musical theater lover in you. Veteran Broadway performer, MIchelle Robinson, will be conducting an experimental lab and needs your help working out the routines. It won’t be perfect but it promises to be fun filled. So, if you enjoy being apart of the creative process or just enjoy movin and groovin to the sounds of remixed show tunes then this 45 minute dance lab is for you. A brief 15 minute feedback session will follow.


Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM, DANY Studios, Hawaiian Dance with Christina Marie Edwards



Class Description:
This Hawaiian Dance Class will expose you to the culture, music, and various performing arts dance styles of the of the South Pacific, which includes Hawaiian, Polynesian, Tahitian, and Samoan. Whether you’re a beginner or expert dancer, this engaging class will enable you to focus on learning a little bit of each South Pacific dance style as a true art form with attention to precision, technique, execution, and showmanship. This relaxed and fun class setting will leave you with skills in a plethora of drum driven hip motions, graceful arm movements, knowledge of basic Hawaiian terms, and exposure dancing with well-known island dance props – one being Maori Poi Balls. Maori Poi Balls is the specialty dance from New Zealand involving control of bound cloth balls swung from the end of cords operated from both hands.  This dance teaches incredible hand and eye coordination and control, a very unique experience for all to try at least once in their lifetime. This Hawaiian Dance Class is guaranteed to work your body in a way you never thought was possible! It’s always fun to try something new!


Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:00-5:30 PM, DANY Studios, Ballet with Richard Marsden, Ballet Master from Ballet Arts (City Center)

Richard Anton Marsden was born into an illustrious ballet family; his father, Myles, was an acclaimed premier danseur worldwide (and established the State Ballet of Rhode Island and the Brae Crest School of Classical Ballet) and his mother was a principal dancer and teacher. Most prominently, his godfather is the famed Sir Anton Dolin.

After several scholarships to the School of American Ballet, Richard was asked to join New York City Ballet at nineteen. While there, he was cast extensively in roles from the repertories of illustrious choreographers George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. From corps de ballet, to soloist, to lead parts, his dancing was praised by audiences and critics alike. Clive Barnes, the noted New York Times dance critic, hailed his dancing as “Dolinesque” with “enviable elan” and “striking.”

Due to his popularity, Richard pursued several invitations to dance abroad as Premier Danseur and Guest Artist. He joined the Universal Ballet of Korea as a principal guest artist for two seasons and then joined “The Kozlov’s and the American Stars” tour where he performed Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Le Spectre de la rose for President Gorbachev at the Kremlin Theater in Moscow. At every performance in the 6,000 seat theatre he received standing ovations. After the tour he traveled to Bermuda and danced the lead in Giselle at Government House in Bermuda (the official residence of the Governor of Bermuda) before returning to the States and joining the Diablo and Sacramento ballet companies in California.

Today Richard is a much beloved and in demand teacher at Ballet Arts in Manhattan. His classes focus on mastering proper classical ballet technique. From his instruction and guidance, students of his have gone on to join the Paris Opera Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, local and national dance companies and even Broadway. With his endearing personality and methodical approach to teaching, his classes continue to keep students coming back for more.

Class Description:
Richard will give a class modeled after his Missing Link class (see his Ballet Arts Sunday Schedule This class is designed to teach students ballet vocabulary and technique by focusing on 3 pre-selected steps.

The class will begin with a traditional ballet barre then move to the center. Each of the 3 steps will be analyzed for betting understanding and then incorporated into exercises and combinations.

The 3 steps for this session will be the following:
Tours (from 5th position), pique turns, sissone change


Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:00-7:30 PM, Moving Visions, Socially Conscious Choreography – Composition with Joya Powell

Founded in 2005 by Joya Powell, Movement of the People Dance Company is dedicated to unearthing historic and present sociocultural issues and addressing them through dance. Primarily a Dance Theater company, their choreography blends dynamic Contemporary Dance with traditional world folk dances, and develops a sensitive balance of pedestrian gestural phrases with grounded visceral movements that use breath and musicality at its core. Over the years MOPDC has performed in various celebrated dance festivals and venues including: Lincoln Center Meet the Artist Saturdays, SummerStage, FLICfest, The Performance Project @ University Settlement (Artist-in-Residence 2012-2013), Amnesty International’s Human Rights Art Festival (Maryland), York University (Toronto, ON),
Casita Maria (Artist-in-Residence 2014-2015), Riverside Theatre, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, BAAD!, chashama, Dixon Place, Evoke’s Celebrate Dance Festival (San Diego), Suffolk Community College, The Bronx Museum of Arts and the Children’s Museum in Brooklyn. Site-specific performances have included: Dance on the Greenway (commission), White Wave’s DUMBO Dance Festival, FIGMENT Arts Festival, ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival and The Outlet Dance Project at the Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ). MOPDC is dedicated to connecting cultures through dance, composing socially conscious choreography, exploring the similarities and nuances of traditional world dances, and finding ways for underserved communities to empower themselves through dance. MOPDC holds an annual Winter Intensive and an annual FREE Day of Dance Event, both in NYC. | |

Instagram: mopdance

Class Description:
The class consists of a challenging warm-up, with a concentration on breathing and undulation exercises, along with across-the-floor and open dance combinations. The unique movement, routines and rhythms introduced in class will require dancers to think more intently about space, time and musicality. The purpose of this class is to introduce dancers to a new, rarely seen form of modern dance and provide them with a new avenue for self-expression.


Friday, June 24, 2016, 12:00-1:00 PM, DANY Studios, Hip Hop/Jerk with Marvin

Marvin Moscova has 6+ years of dance experience. Has taken dance work shops with professionals such as “Brian Puspos, Chachi Gonzales, Andrew Baterina” featured on America’s Best Dance Crew. Battled in competitions, even with known dance figure Larry from Les Twins in cyphers. An energetic dance class that you’re sure to learn from and carry out new skills and moves.

Class Description:
To be posted soon.



Friday, June 24, 2016, 5:00-6:00 PM, DANY Studios, Afro-Cuban with Noibis Licea

Noibis Licea (Bayamo, Cuba) a graduate from the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba and New York University (MFA Program) in NYC is a multi-talented performer, choreographer and teaching artist with extensive experience in Modern Technique, Classical Ballet, Afro-Cuban Dances, Acrobatics and Latin Rhythms.

Now based in New York City Mr.Licea has taught classes and workshops at The Ailey School, The Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Harlem School of the Arts, Peridance Capezio Center, Complexions Winter Intensive, Marymount Manhattan College, and internationally at the Silesian Dance Theatre in Poland and Royal City School of Ballet and Theater Jazz Inc in Canada.

Currently Mr. Licea is a Teaching Artist with Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, The Ailey Extension and this is his fourth summer as Modern Instructor with CAS/AileyCamp NYC.

Class Description:
Cuban Modern dance is a dynamic fusion of North American dance techniques (Graham, Limon, Taylor), ballet and social and sacred Afro-Cuban dances and rhythms.The class consists of a challenging warm-up, with a concentration on breathing and undulation exercises, along with across-the-floor and open dance combinations. The unique movement, routines and rhythms introduced in class will require dancers to think more intently about space, time and musicality. The purpose of this class is to introduce dancers to a new, rarely seen form of modern dance and provide them with a new avenue for self-expression.Licea’s methods focus on the entire body, allowing students to expand their range of motion and experience the richness of full body movement in dance. Students are given the tools to build confidence in their personal dance style and ability. Each class has a clear focus and logical progression that together create an entertaining and educational experience. This is a unique opportunity to learn this dance technique RARELY taught outside Cuba.


Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00-9:00 PM, DANY Studios, Jersey Club Workout with Adria Pullins

Adria “Skribble” Pullins began dance training at the School of the Garden State Ballet, under the direction of Jody Jaron at the age of 5. Throughout her 20 years of dance experience, she has trained and taught classical styles, such as ballet and modern, as well as street styles such as hip-hop and Jersey club, which is native to her hometown, Newark NJ. Presently, Adria acts as creative director for her arts group, East Coast Weirdos, in which she focuses on bringing artists from different backgrounds together and sharing the Jersey club culture, as it continues to grow and gain popularity. Overall, Adria’s vision is to exchange experiences with as many people as possible, through teaching, as well as learning.

Class Description:
The Jersey Club Workout is a high-energy, interactive workout to the unique sounds of Jersey Club music. The instructors take you through a journey of Jersey Club history, teaching you the dance moves that have taken the genre to the top. Between the addictive sounds of constant, syncopated, rhythmic beats and fun, catchy dance moves, all participants are bound to be professional jersey club-goers at the end of the class. This class is fit and fun for all ages and all levels.

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