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Power Soca Workout

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Soca Class with Ms. Kimberly Milan as the instructor at National Institute Of Arts. 

Kimberly was born in The Netherlands, comes from Arubian parents, but was raised in St. Maarten and Aruba. Kimberly started dancing at the age of 6 at Motiance dance school up until 14 years of age and was taught by dance teachers such as Arlene Halley and Evelyn Fleming. With a diverse dancing style, she took classes in the following dance styles: Jazz, Ballet, Afro-Caribbean and Modern. A few years after the family relocated to Aruba and she continued dancing at Simadanza with teacher such as Astrid Salazar and Ina Profeet.

After graduating high school in Aruba Kimberly continued her studies in The Netherlands. She attended Codarts Rotterdam, graduated with a Bachelor in Dance Education in 2006 specialized in Jazz and Tap. Kimberly also attained a Bachelor in English Education and graduated in 2013.

She has a wide history of dance classes and has worked with all age groups and in many different settings. To name a few: in Primary schools, dance schools and Secondary education,

In 2015 Kimberly moved back to St. Maarten which she considers her home. She has been working as a dance teacher at Sundial school and in the afternoon hours she teaches Jazz, Soca, Modern and Street dance at NIA (National Institute of Arts).

Recently she has joined the dance group, “Rhythm and Groove” from the French side of the Island. In addition to this, she also teaches dance classes in the primary school in the afternoon program on both sides of the island. Dancing is her passion and therefore she enjoys her work. She expresses her openness to share new experiences and adventures in dance and she teaches every dance style with my own groovy twist.

I can boast and say that I also have known Kimberly from a very young age, and can indeed testify that dancing has always been her passion. Due to our busy schedules, I end up missing most of her events, however this month of March, is the month to try something NEW! If you are looking for a fun way to work out and if you love to dance, then certainly this class is ideal for you. It has been proven that It has a wide range of physical, and mental benefits.  Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical, and mental benefits including: improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strengthendurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, improved muscle tone and strength, weight management, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, better coordination, agility and flexibility, improved balance and spatial awareness, increased physical confidence, improved mental functioning, improved general and psychological wellbeing, greater self-confidence and self-esteem, and better social skills. Most forms of dance may be considered an aerobic exercise and as such reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help weight controlstress reduction, and bring about other benefits commonly associated with physical fitness. In addition, studies have demonstrated a considerable correlation between dancing and psychological well-being.

It was such a pleasure to have witnessed a childhood friend in her element of teaching and doing something she has always loved.

This class is a one hour session and you can sign up via NIA (National Institute Of Arts). The class starts at 06.45 PM and it takes place on Mondays. The price is $12.00 dollars per session or you can purchase a card for 10 sessions, in this case the sessions will be $10.00 instead of $12.00

If you are looking to try something new with your friends, this class is a great way to start your active week.

For More information, please contact National Institute of Arts via:

Tel #: 1 (721) 543-0600

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