On Saturday, August 24, The Ailey Extension and Adrienne Bailon hosted a PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT BACK TO SCHOOL ZUMBA PARTY!
It was a day full of SWEAT-spiration and excitement as The Ailey Extension’s Shahidah Ansari Zumba(r) Jammer (Choreography Specialist) & Instructor led a class of approximately 80 girls ages 13-18 who danced non stop to a high-energy Zumba mix alongside Adrienne and participating mentors. Mentors included, radio personality and marketing maven, Simone “Boss Lady” Amelia, VH1’s Love & Hip Hop’s Tahiry Jose, ESSENCE Senior Health and Relationships Editor, Sharon Boone, Black Girls Code’s Donna Knutt, Balan Inc. co-founder, Michou St. Jules, Celebrity Nail Artist, Dawn Sterling, Dr. Afriye Amerson, Ernst & Young’s Erin Hajj, and Island/Def Jam digital marketing manager Christina Smith. Emerging Latin pop singer Veronica Vega also stopped by to inspire teen guests with her fitness story.
“Pretty Girls Sweat means that the fly girls take good care of themselves, that the fly girls are healthy, and they are not afraid to sweat,” says Adrienne Bailon. “I think that is an amazing thing.” Sirius XM’s DJ S. WHiT turned up the event as guest DJ. Brand participants included TRUKFIT, Under Armour, Beats by Dre,True Vision Media Group and J Travel Management.
Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS), founded by Teen Diaries CEO Aeshia DeVore Branch, is a community-based fitness initiative that caters to teenage girls ages 13-18, and is designed to highlight non-traditional workouts, group activities, and delicious recipes for teens and college students. Women On The Move (WOTM), a New York-based female empowerment organization, joined forces with PGS to provide female mentors accomplished in their perspective fields a day of fun-filled activities they can enjoy while inspiring and educating young girls to become their best selves.
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