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RECAP | Reopening of UN Plaza San Francisco Civic Center + STUDIO DANCE 🎉

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Thank you to everyone for supporting us during the reopening of the UN Plaza by taking our fitness and dance classes! Rain or shine, the community showed up and we are so appreciative of your time and energy spent with us. We are grateful to have been recognized by the city to help with this notable event. A huge thank you to the National Fitness Campaign and SF Recreation & Parks for partnering with us and leading this commemorative occasion. See our full list of partners and featured instructors below.


Rae Studios is thrilled to be continuing in our partnership with SF Recreation & Parks to bring you more classes for the month of December and in the new year. Please see this blog for updates on upcoming classes. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you more classes.


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Photos & Videos from the Workout Series
11/8 Cardio Dance with Jessica Rae for UN Plaza, Workout Series. See more of her content on her instagram @jraesf

11/9 Hip Hop with Tashi Cowan for UN Plaza, Workout Series. See more of her content on her instagram @tashitheeterminator

11/10 Barre with Jessica Rae for UN Plaza, Workout Series. See more of her content on her instagram @jraesf

11/12 Zumba with Nora Aguayo for UN Plaza, Workout Series. See more of her content on her instagram @mi.baile.noraaa

11/17 Pilates with Annalisa Brown for UN Plaza, Workout Series. See more of her content on her instagram @fitnessparty101


 



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Post Launch Workout Series | Nov. 9th - 17th





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Series Class Schedule:

  • Wed, Nov. 8th | Cardio Dance [All Levels] with Jessica (12:00pm-12:30pm)

  • Thurs, Nov. 9th | Hip Hop [Beg] with Tashi (5:00pm-6:00pm)

  • Fri, Nov. 10th | Barre [All Levels] with Jessica (7:30am-8:15am)

  • Sun, Nov. 12th | Zumba [Beg] with Nora (10:00am-10:45am)

  • Wed, Nov. 15th | K-Pop [Beg] with Ki To (5:00pm-6:00pm)

  • Fri, Nov. 17th | Pilates [All Levels] with Annalisa (7:30am-8:15am)


Ticket Options:

  • All classes FREE. Spots limited. RSVP in advance

Facebook: Coming soon!

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About National Fitness Campaign:


For over 40 years, we’ve been dedicated to helping communities fund, build and activate the Fitness Court® -- the world’s best outdoor gym. We are an interdisciplinary team of partnership builders, designers, and consultants, dedicated to improving health outcomes through the built environment.



 

Meet the Team of Amazing Instructors:



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Tashi Cowan

Hip Hop (Beginner)

Thursday, November 9th | 5pm-6pm


Tashi Cowan is a dancer and teacher who has diverse experience in multiple forms of performance arts.


A Marin County native, she received her first formal lesson in hip-hop at ten years old and has been hooked on dance ever since. She continued her dance education while studying for an Associate Degree in Dance Performance at College of Marin and performed in the 2010 dance productions ‘Signatures of Motion’ and ‘Dance Upon a Song’.

Tashi was recognized by the College of Marin Foundation with the Saragay Stetson Dance Scholarship, a competitive award recognizing outstanding talent within the department.


She also has had musical theatre training performing with the Stapleton Theatre Company’s Rendition of “Fame” where she received the Rookie Award.


A graduate of San Francisco State University, she studied abroad in London, England and was a member of the Kingston Cougars Latin Dance Team from 2017-2018, which ranked 2nd and 3rd place for Best Latin Style Dance.


In 2015 she became certified a Zumba instructor and has taught classes at Energy Dance and Fitness in San Rafael, Bay Club, San Francisco and Marin County and Mt. Tam Racquet Club. She continues to train at Mood Studio, Rae Studios, and SF ODC Dance Commons in Heels Technique, Hip Hop and Jazz Funk.


She is constantly learning and growing as a dancer and a person and believes that to dance and being able bodied is a blessing.


Hip Hop (Beginner)

Hip-Hop dance consists of Breaking (commercially known as Breakdancing) and Hip-Hop Party Moves (e.g., Bart Simpson, Biz Markie, Roger Rabbit, Running Man) and Hip-Hop is an artistic and cultural movement that started in the 1970s in The Bronx of New York City by Black and Latiné youth who expressed joy through Hip-Hop during a time of oppression. In this class students will focus on A beginner-friendly Hip-Hop dance combo that will help with choreography and movement quality. This course is a prerequisite requirement for many of our intermediate/advanced classes. Prepare to take this class for at least 6-8 weeks before advancing to the next class.

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Jessica Rae

Barre Sculpt (All Levels)

Friday, November 10th | 7:30am-8:30am


Jessica Rae is a Filipino business owner and educator around movement and entrepreneurship. She is the founder and CEO of Rae Model & Talent Agency LLC and Rae Studios, located in downtown San Francisco, California. Jessica graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Speech and Communications and a lifetime advocate of dance and the arts.

She is an energetic certified Group Fitness and Dance Instructor with a strong background in Cardio Dance, Kickboxing, MMA, and dance choreography. She promotes healthy minds and bodies through music and movement while building a strong community motivating people to move outside their comfort zone. Her certifications include: GF, AFAA, CPA and First Aid, Pound Pro, Cize Live, Barre Certified and has been seen coaching for Gap HQ, Athleta, Lorna Jane, Fitbit, William-Sonoma, Airbnb, Eventbrite, Salesforce, Facebook, Marriott, San Francisco Middle School, Dare to Bare amongst other established corporations.

Jessica currently teaches weekly classes at Equinox and Rae Studios.


Barre Sculpt (All Levels):

Barre was created in 1959 by a ballet dancer named Lotte Berk after injuring her back. Berk combined ballet movements with rehabilitative therapy to form a few methods of exercise. Barre-sculpt focuses on low-impact movements oscillates between building up heat using strength exercises and lengthening the muscles using dynamic stretching movements inspired from ballet, dance, yoga and pilates foundations. This is an all-levels class, we encourage students to take this class at least 6-8 weeks to get into the swing of exercise combos. This class is great for students who need low-impact movements. Arrive early to save your seat at the mat.

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Nora Aguayo

Zumba (All Levels)

Sunday, November 12th | 10:00am-10:45am


Nora Aguayo has been teaching for about five years now, specializing in Zumba and Dance Cardio formats. She blends various dance styles with a Latin kick to create a diverse and fun workout. There is no limit to what you can do—Motiving and creating your flow while dancing is her goal.

Zumba (All Levels):

Zumba is a fitness program that involves cardio and Latin-inspired dance founded by Colombian dancer and choreographer Beto Pérez in 2001. Zumba incorporates four basic rhythms including salsa, reggaeton, merengue and cumbia and each basic rhythm has four core steps. In this class you should expect a high energy environment with easy to follow choreography to form the ultimate calorie-burning experience. Music genres may include Latin beats, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, and Pop music.

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Ki To

K-Pop (Beginner)

Wednesday, November 15th | 5:00pm-6:00pm


“Come as you are.”


Ki To has traveled and danced for the “King of Viet-Pop” Aka Son Tung, Sands China, Hilton, Genentech, WAYMO and modeled for brands such as BENEFIT Cosmetics, EM Cosmetics, Google etc.


Socials:

YOUTUBE CHANNEL — https://youtube.com/@kito_0709

K-Pop (Beginner):

​​​​K-pop, short for Korean popular music, is a form of popular music originating in South Korea as part of South Korean culture. ​​It includes styles and genres from around the world, such as pop, hip hop, R&B, experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, disco, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots. Originally known as 'Gayo' in Korea, modern K-pop "idol" culture began in the 1990s. Our KPOP instructors will either highlight other KPOP choreographers reteaching combos from various music videos or create their own choreographed influences from various styles of dance. Students should expect to learn fun combos and increase their performance quality.

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Annalisa Brown

Pilates (All Levels)

Friday, November 17th, 2023 | 7:30am-8:30am


Annalisa (She/Her) was born in Castro Valley, CA but holds her roots in Hawaiian, Puerto Rican and Japanese culture. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old with specific passion for latin dance, hip hop and jazz with any sassy attitude in the mix! She became an official choreographer -Zumba®️ Jammer for Zumba in 2013 after starting her career in group fitness in 2012 which expanded to working, traveling and sharing her passion around the world to create an experience through music and movement as a Certified Personal Trainer, corrective exercise and performance. She also holds a degree in Advanced Health and Fitness Science studies!


In 2019, Annalisa moved to SF after modeling in the National 24 Hour Fitness Campaign and being signed with a talent agency. She has since built her business Fitness party 101, started a podcast with international reach and found her specialty in teaching pilates, barre and athletic training.


2021 marked the year she joined Rae as an instructor and has since taught Zumba and fitness formats that bring her passion to help move her mission for everyone to connect to their own inner confidence, mind, body and soul in her classes and training while preventing injuries.


You can follow Annalisa on Instagram @annalisarenfit or @fitnessparty101 and listen to her podcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcast!

Pilates (All Levels):

Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise developed in the early 20th century by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates is a low-impact exercise that creates optimal strength through muscle balance and fine-tuning neuromuscular patterns. Students should expect to experience t​​​otal body fitness exercises that consist of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance movements that emphasize proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.


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Event Details:

Featured Artists: Annalisa Brown | Jessica Rae | Ki To | Nora Aguayo | Tashi Cowan


SF Fitness Court, Ribbon Cutting Details:

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: SF Fitness Court, UN Plaza (Off Hyde Street, between Market & McAllister)


Workout Series Class Schedule:

  • Wed, Nov. 8th | Cardio Dance [All Levels] with Jessica (12:00pm-12:30pm)

  • Thurs, Nov. 9th | Hip Hop [Beg] with Tashi (5:00pm-6:00pm)

  • Fri, Nov. 10th | Barre [All Levels] with Jessica (7:30am-8:15am)

  • Sun, Nov. 12th | Zumba [Beg] with Nora (10:00am-10:45am)

  • Wed, Nov. 15th | K-Pop [Beg] with Ki To (5:00pm-6:00pm)

  • Fri, Nov. 17th | Pilates [All Levels] with Annalisa (7:30am-8:15am)


Ticket Options:

  • All classes FREE. Spots limited. RSVP in advance

Registration is required for this event.


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Our mission is to merge the ideologies of popular dance culture by bridging fitness gym and traditional dance studio mentality into a place that welcome all levels of dance & fitness in a healthy progressive environment. Our goal is to provide San Francisco dance seekers with community, growth and participation through artistic outlets of music + movement. Our culture is simple; create a space for dance and community to thrive, water the roots of our passion, fuel our dreams by action, and inspire others to do the same.



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