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Fort Hill Activity Center to Host First-Ever Zumba Dance Party Nov. 16

The Zumba classes at Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center have always been more like a dance party than a group exercise class, with upbeat Latin music and moves that are easy to learn. This fall, the Zumba instructors were inspired to plan their first-ever Zumba Dance Party, open to anyone age 15 and up. The dance party will be held in the gymnasiums at Fort Hill Activity Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, followed by light refreshments from 9:00-9:30 p.m.  Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. Online registration information is available at

“Our Zumba teachers had the idea to host a dance party to bring the community together, both young and old, to enjoy the music, let go and dance as much as they can,” said Kim Monti, group fitness coordinator for the Naperville Park District. “The party is for anyone who wants to dance, whether they are experienced at Zumba or not. Inflexible and flexible, weak and strong, rhythmic and non-rhythmic. Zumba is your time to be free.”

The Park District currently offers several types of Zumba classes: traditional Zumba for ages 16 and up, Zumba Gold with lower impact moves for ages 50 and up, Zumba Toning, adding strength training moves to the mix, and Zumba/Hip Hop, combining Zumba rhythms with the latest Hip Hop songs and moves.

The Park District has seen Zumba classes expand over the past several years, especially the Zumba Gold class at Fort Hill Activity Center, which had to be moved from the studio to the gym to accommodate more participants.

“Zumba is always changing and it is fun and inclusive,” explained Monti. “The instructors keep you wanting more, and it feels like you are at a party, wedding, or social gathering.  Because of that, people come back.”

Those who flock to the Zumba classes also reap health benefits. Monti summed it up with the following list:  1) boosts memory 2) improves flexibility 3) reduces stress 4) strengthens your heart 5) helps diminish depression 6) improves balance, and 7) increases energy.


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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