Dance director to conduct free fitness class in Elgin

Posted1/4/2013 1:32 PM
  • Elginite Kelly Hill, a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, will conduct a free BeMoved Dance Class on Jan. 16.

    Elginite Kelly Hill, a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, will conduct a free BeMoved Dance Class on Jan. 16. Courtesy of Bjorn Bolinder

Submitted by BeMoved Dance

Elgin area residents have the chance to catch a free BeMoved Dance Fitness class, conducted by Elgin's Kelly Hill, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Gould Academy of Dance Arts, 732 W. Chicago St. in Elgin.

The theme for the class will be "Wild, Cool & Swinging," featuring smooth "ring-a-ding-ding" hit songs made famous by the Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and covers by Michael Bublé.

No advance reservations are required, however capacity is limited and participants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginners are welcome.

For information about this or other BeMoved classes at Gould Academy, call (847) 742-6666.

For a full list of BeMoved class locations, visit

BeMoved was created by Sherry Zunker, an acclaimed director, choreographer and co-artistic director emeritus of River North Chicago Dance Company, as an inspirational and energizing low-impact cardio-dance fitness program for everyone regardless of movement abilities.

Since its 2009 launch at Chicago's Lou Conte Dance Studio, BeMoved has expanded to have 50 licensed instructors and classes in 45 locations spanning 10 states and Canada. A BeMoved Dance Fitness workout features "The Warm Up," a core set of movements to activate breathing, strength, balance and engage the mind; "The Dance Sequence," an energizing and upbeat low-impact cardio workout that builds into a dance routine; and "The Cool Down," the final stretch segment incorporating steps, movements and stretches from the entire class. For more information about BeMoved including links to class locations or to order the BeMoved Dance Fitness -- Series One DVD, visit

Kelly Hill was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago where she was a principle dancer for 10 years. She has traveled nationally performing in many industrial and trade shows and has performed for Design Industry Fighting AIDS Red Cross National tour. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, her screen credits include "Road to Perdition," "Soul Survivors" and "Just Visiting."

After retiring from dance, she became director of the Elgin's Visual and Performing Arts Dance Academy at Larkin High School and has been a teacher at Gould Academy since 1987. Hill is known for her ballet training methods and her River North (concert style) of lyrical jazz. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from National Louis University.

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