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Fort Hill Activity Center to Host Friday Night Dance Party Nov. 15

After last year’s inaugural Zumba Dance Party filled the gym, Fort Hill Fitness instructors were inspired to host another dance party, expanding the styles to include not only Zumba, but also Dance Fusion, Werq and Pound.

The dance party will be held in the gymnasiums at Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, followed by light refreshments from 9:00-9:30 p.m., including free samples from Smoothie King and a giveaway from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive in Naperville. Online registration information is available at

The dance party is a community event, open to everyone age 15 and up. The per-person fee is $10 for Fort Hill Fitness members, $15 for Naperville residents and $20 for nonresidents. No experience is needed; just wear comfortable clothing and shoes and be ready to enjoy a fun evening as you learn new dance moves and meet lots of friendly people.

 “Last year our Zumba Dance Party was a huge success, not only in the number of participants, but also in the carefree atmosphere of joy, laughter and meeting friends,” said Group Exercise Coordinator Kim Monti. “We are excited to host this event again.”

The event will be led by Fort Hill Fitness instructors who team up to keep the energy going all evening. “This year we are adding Werq, a mainstream style dance workout to pop and hip-hop music, and Dance Fusion, which combines several styles of dance within each song,” explained Monti. “We also are introducing something new—Pound—a full-body cardio jam adding the fun of hitting drumsticks together and on a mat.”

According to Monti, dancing provides many health benefits, such as increasing strength, flexibility, and balance, boosting memory and confidence, controlling weight and reducing stress.

“Dancing is an activity everyone enjoys in one way or another, whether it’s at home or out on the floor,” said Monti. “It will surely bring a smile to your face.”

The Park District offers weekly group exercise classes at Fort Hill Activity Center that are free to fitness members and include Zumba, Werq and Dance Fusion, as well as many others. The Fort Hill expansion project, which will be completed this fall, will provide additional space for these popular group exercise classes.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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