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Community invited to dance fitness event at West Newton

COVINGTON -- West Newton Elementary School wants to see you dance and sweat this weekend.

The school is holding its first Sweat to the Beat, a free dance fitness workshop open to the Covington and Conyers communities, including children and adults.

"We want to celebrate health awareness in a way that everyone can participate," said KiTonya McCoy, a teacher at the school and director of Dance Time Inc., a sponsor of the event along with the school. "Sweat to the Beat is an exciting way for families and friends to exercise together."

She said she wants to hold the event in conjunction with the recent push for healthy living from First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.

"I realize that our children love to dance, and as a lover of dance, I knew that incorporating dance into fitness would be a great way to get people to exercise," McCoy said. "We are hoping to ignite an interest for healthy living amongst children and adults."

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school's gymnasium, which is located at 13387 Brown Bridge Road in Covington.

McCoy said participants will experience two hours of dance fitness.

"We will teach Jazzercise, Hip-Hop Aerobics and Disco Fever (classes)," she said. "Each genre of dance offers the participant a cardio workout while dancing to their favorite musical tunes."

She said music will range from popular songs from the '70s to current artists like Rihanna and Beyonce.

The classes will be led by Dance Time instructors and West Newton's dance team choreographer.

"This event is for individuals of all athletic levels. It is a medium-impact workout that can be modified based on one's ability level," McCoy said.

The event is part of the school's HealthMPowers program, an initiative designed to increase health knowledge and promote health-enhancing behaviors among youth.

"It is vital that we teach our students the importance of living a healthy lifestyle because their future depends on it," said Dr. Takila Curry, principal of the school.