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The NMSU Dance Program offers dance and fitness classes for children, teens and adults

Students, faculty and community members can still take advantage of the New Mexico State University Dance Program's "Dance Alive" classes being taught this spring.

"Dance Alive" classes are for anyone who wants to place fitness and dance into their lives. The program offers many types of classes for adults and children. Classes include Pilates, yoga, Zumba, mom/pop and tot, creative movement and hip-hop/jazz.

Pilates is an exercise system that involves the entire body while focusing on strengthening the core muscles of the torso. Movements promote self-awareness, breathing, coordination, balance and strength. Those interested can take advantage of a Tuesday or Thursday class from noon to 1 p.m.

Yoga postures focus on alignment, strength, breath, relaxation and restoration. Classes are held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.

Zumba is a Latin dance fitness class. The saying in this class is "Ditch the workout, join the party." Zumba is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Mom/pop and tot classes for parents and children ages 2-4 can join a fun and interactive dance class working on basic movement skills involving both the child and the parent. The classes are held Saturdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Creative movement classes, for children ages 4-6, are designed to give children the opportunity to learn movement fundamentals such as coordination, flexibility, balance and strength, enabling children to feel comfortable and happy with their bodies and gain confidence to try future physical activities. The class will be taught from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Saturdays.

Children can also enjoy hip-hop/jazz classes, a fun, upbeat and rhythmic class that allows students to learn about the expression of music. Classes for children ages 7-10 are held Saturdays, from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. and for children ages 11-15, Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Class fees vary. The classes are open to the community and NMSU faculty, staff and student population. For more information call the NMSU Dance Office at (575) 646-2070.