Registration begins this week for classes in aerobic dance -- an activity that combines exercises, jogging and dance movements set to music. The classes, which will meet twice a week for four to eight weeks, are sponsored by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in conjunction with Aerobic Dancing Inc. Course fees are $16 to $32.
Aerobic dancing was developed in 1969 by Jacki Sorensen, a professional dancer and former schoolteacher who choreographed the dances as part of a television fitness program for Air Force officers' wives in Puerto Rico.
Sorenson has since developed more than 1,000 aerobic dances for women, men and children. She served as a consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for six years.
Dance classes will be held at the following locations:
Beacon Heights Elementary School, 6929 Furman Pkwy., Riverdale. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. from Feb. 10 through April 2. Registration will be at Woodlawn Recreation Center Jan. 22 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bladensburg Elementary School, 5150 Annapolis Rd. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 9 through April 1. Registration will be at Bladensburg Town Hall Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.
Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery St. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. from Tuesday through March 12. Call 322-1888 or 322-5995 for registration information.
Phyllis Williams Elementary School, 9601 Prince Place, Upper Marlboro. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. from Feb. 3 through April 19. Registration will be at Kettering Junior High School Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Thomas Pullen Junior High School, 700 Brightseat Rd., Landover. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. from Feb. 3 through April 26. Registration will be at Glenarden Community Center Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m.
William Beanes Elementary School, 5108 Diana Dr., Suitland. Classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. from Feb. 3 to April 19. Registration will be at the school Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Benjamin Foulois Junior High School, 4601 Beuford Rd., Morningside. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 2 through March 4. Registration will be at the school Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Holy Family School, 2200 Callaway St., Hillcrest Heights. Classes will be Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. from Feb. 2 through March 18. Registration will be at the school Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 322-1888 or 322-5995 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.