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Release Date: Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Market Square is a New Hub for Free Fitness Activities

  • Yoga in the Square Returns
  • Ballroom Dancing Lessons and Performances
  • New “Move it Mondays” offers group fitness classes

DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, PA – Market Square is transforming into a hub for health, fitness, and, fun this summer. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, along with partners are presenting three programs offering free classes with something for everyone’s interests and fitness levels.

“We are pleased to see Market Square as a home for healthy, enjoyable activities,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “We are partnering with several fantastic organizations to activate the Square, all while encouraging Pittsburghers to explore new exercise and fitness options.”

Yoga in the Square

Yoga in the Square occurs every Sunday morning through September 4 at 10:00 a.m., yogis join together for a free practice in a beautiful urban environment. In our third year of partnership with FittPGH, Yoga in the Square brings together some of the region’s best loved instructors for a perfectly Zen start to Sunday mornings. Yoga kicked off this past Sunday as part of Open Streets. Since the program began, it regularly draws more than 300 enthusiastic participants each Sunday. For a complete schedule of instructors, please visit: http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/what-we-do/programming/yogainthesquare

Dancing in the Square

What could be a better way to kick off your weekend than by Waltzing through the Square? Join the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and USA Dance each Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. in June for an evening of free dance in Market Square. Ballroom and popular line dances are taught every week, with music provided by John Siefken.

The schedule of performances and classes are:

6/3       Dancing Kidz - Woodland Hills School District

6/10     Arthur Murray Downtown Dance Center

6/17     Chris Drum Dancers - Greensburg

6/24     Yes, You Can Dance! - South Hills

Move it Mondays

In partnership with PNC YMCA branch, Move it Mondays will offer a variety of lunchtime fitness classes. At noon each Monday through July, stop into the Square to get your cardio fix. Classes will be taught by popular instructors from PNC YMCA, where the gym overlooks the square.

The class schedule is:

6/6       HIIT (high intensity interval training) - participants will move through several rounds of full body movements, such as burpees, lunges and rope skipping, followed by brief rest periods. Instructors will offer modifications for different fitness levels. HIIT classes are very effective at improving heart and lung function while burning LOTS of calories!

6/13     Zumba - dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Join the15 million people who take weekly Zumba classes all over the world!

6/20     PiYo - hybrid, athletic workout that combines the mind/body practices of yoga and Pilates, as well as the principles of stretching, strength training and dynamic movement. This class has beneficial effects on flexibility, strength AND heart/lung capacity in one efficient workout!

6/27     CIZE® Dance Party - Exhilarating, calorie-scorching dance class, with fresh moves and music. Each routine is broken down step by step, move by move, slowly building up to a full combination. Dance like a professional with CIZE®!

7/11     HIIT

7/18     PiYo

7/25     Zumba

For more details about any of these programs, please visit DowntownPittsburgh.com

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

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