Fitness studio organizes online dance parties for teachers and kids

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) – Despite being physically closed during the quarantine period, a dance fitness studio made sure to do its part in helping teachers and kids maintain both mental and physical wellness.

808 Studio PH owner Sofia Coyiuto shared to CNN Philippines they chose to organize online dance parties for teachers and kids to let them cheer up in this time of uncertainty.

Coyiuto revealed they partnered with the Department of Education in spearheading free dance classes to teachers via teleconference, which is what they have been doing with their regular clients during the lockdown.

“They are the people responsible for educating our young leaders of today and that’s why, we want to make sure we are doing our part in helping them out in terms of making sure they are mentally and physically okay,” Coyiuto said.

She also noted that children are also stuck in home, which inspired her to also start an online fitness dance party exclusively for kids.

Coyiuto explained due to the movement restrictions brought by the pandemic, kids are not able to be physically active when they usually play outside of their houses.

“We wanted to make sure they have fun and at the same time to improve their mobility, agility, and coordination,” she said.

The 808 Studio PH owner stressed the specialized dance classes for children are effective, citing their successful Disney-themed fitness party where the young enrollees dressed up in different costumes.

Given the relaxation of some quarantine measures, Coyiuto said their studio will still continue to hold online dance workouts as many of their customers find it fun and are diverting themselves from the emotional stress brought by the pandemic.

“Dance gives them so much joy. It has something to do with the freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and just being able to move freely,” said Coyiuto.