Dancing to Fight Cancer: Zumba Dance Class Review

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Marissa Poggio

On Friday, December 2nd, the Ballroom Dance club hosted a Zumba dance class in the Pratt Recreation Center at 7 p.m.   The class promoted the Livestrong Foundation and supported cancer awareness. The event was free for all Post students and was sponsored by the Nutrition Club as well as by the C.H.A.T.S Club.

The Zumba class was an hour long and was filled with fun dance music.  Students danced to songs such as Shake Senora, by Pitbull, Waka Waka, by Shakira, and Bumpy Ride, by Mohombi.  Laura Gallof, an academic advisor at C.W. Post, was helpful in posting flyers in her office and trying to get students to attend the dance class.  Zumba was a lot of fun, and it was a great way to get students informed on the Livestrong Foundation.

Lance Armstrong created the Livestrong Foundation in 1997.  It is known for providing extensive information for cancer patients.  It also gives people with cancer the opportunity to receive one-on-one support in order to help deal with their situations. The foundation’s website, www.livestrong.org, offers a ton of resources and information for people to learn about and even donate money towards the foundation. Also, the website, www.livestrong.com, is sponsored by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It has helpful tips on staying fit and healthy as well as a list of certain nutritious foods that everybody should eat.  The website offers a variety of different ways people can stay active and exercise.

Alize Margulis, a sophomore majoring in International Studies, is the president of the Ballroom Dance club, a brand new club that just started this semester.  The goal of the club is to have fun with dance and to explore various types of dance.  So far, the students danced to salsa music, cha-cha, and meringue.

The Ballroom Dance club hopes to attract a variety of groups of students on campus.  Alize has plans to eventually bring her choreographed dances to towns near C.W. Post and perform for people.  No dance experience is necessary to join, and the most important message that the club has to offer is to have fun with dance.

Other upcoming events that the club will host include Post Clean-Up Day and Holidays at Hillwood.  For Post Clean-Up Day, the members of the club will participate in cleaning up the University on Tuesday, December 6th. They will be helping C.W. Post stay clean by picking up trash around campus.  The club will also have a table set up during common hour on Wednesday for Holidays at Hillwood.  The members at the table will provide information about the club and try to get people to join. There will also be free holiday crafts for students to have fun with. The club usually meets on Tuesdays during common hour, but next semester, this may change. Students interested in joining the club or who have any questions can email the club’s website at dance_ballroom@ymail.com.

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