Oct 11, 2011 - CITY OF NEWARK LAUNCHING LINE DANCING CLASSES WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, AT BOYLAN AND ROTUNDA RECREATION CENTERS
For Immediate Release
CITY OF NEWARK LAUNCHING LINE DANCING CLASSES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, AT BOYLAN AND ROTUNDA RECREATION CENTERS
Boylan classes on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:45 p.m.;
Rotunda classes on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Newark, NJ – October 11, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Acting Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Tharien Karim Arnold announced today that the City of Newark is launching Line Dancing classes, beginning Wednesday, October 19. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:45 p.m. at Boylan Street Recreation Center, and on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Rotunda Recreation Center. Boylan Center is located at 916 South Orange Avenue in the West Ward and Rotunda Center at 75 Clifton Avenue in the North Ward. The classes will teach dances such as the Wobble, Down South Shuffle, several “Slides,” and newer dances like the CC Rider, Wonderful, and Chillin’.
“Line Dancing is a great form of exercise. It is an easy and enjoyable way to lose weight and relieve stress,” Mayor Booker said. “It rejuvenates the mind and body. I urge all residents to get on their feet and dance to the beat. Our goal is to encourage physical activity for all of our residents, youth and adult, while promoting First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiatives to fight childhood obesity. Let’s move towards a stronger and healthier Newark!”
All persons participating must be Newark residents and submit a completed registration form. Participants should bring water bottles. The instructor at Boylan will be Najah Riker, while Douglas “X-Man” Hawkins, Jr., will teach in the evenings at Rotunda. Both instructors have several years of teaching experience.
“This Line Dancing initiative is an innovative and enjoyable program for all to enjoy,” said Acting Director Arnold. “I encourage Newark residents to participate in this exciting program.”
To find out more about the Line Dancing programs, contact Andréa Mason at the Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs either at 94 William Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102, by telephone at (973) 733-3620, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The health and well-being of Newark’s residents is a priority for the Booker Administration. At his Fourth Annual State of the City Address on February 9, 2010, the Mayor announced that he will serve as National Co-Chair of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. TheCity has implemented programs such programs as “Super Healthy Summer,” the annual Newark Bicycle Tour, and public festivals like the Festival de la Familia Latina, which focused on good health practices and nutritious eating. The City has also provided economic grants and loans to stores that sell fresh food, through the Brick City Development Corporation’s Fresh Foods Program and Small Grocer Initiative. The “Let’s Move! Newark” campaign will promote healthy lifestyles, nutritious eating, and efforts to help obese people regain control of their health.
Recreation has also been a major priority for the Booker administration. Since 2006, each of the City’s recreation centers has had a comprehensive rehabilitation. After millions of dollars of capital investment, every city Recreation facility and pool has been upgraded and is now open for expanded programs and community use. In addition, City programming at recreation centers has been expanded. Residents can now access a full catalogue of recreation and cultural programs and services.
The City’s recreation programs are sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. For information about any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
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About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.