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Cardio dance maven recently opened a popular studio in New York City and trains celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker.

After a successful career as a professional dancer who toured the country before getting into fitness training, Anna Kaiser quickly learned what kind of fitness classes she would enjoy teaching. Working up through the ranks at the prestigious Reebok Sports Club in New York City, she teamed up with several high-profile clients, including Kelly Ripa--who she trains several times weekly. She recently went on to open her own studio, AKT In Motion, where she teaches cardio dance workouts to help clients challenge their bodies through a mix of dance, strengthening, Pilates, and yoga.

Kaiser earned her BFA in dance from the University of California before moving to New York, where she was very successful in her dance career. She was a featured dancer in the Disney film Enchanted as well as performing in NYC productions of West Side Story and Show Boat. She toured the world with the international cast of Fame! and has danced in music videos along

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Annual Zumba event in California raises money for local animal rescue organizations.

At first glance, it might be hard to notice any link between Zumba--the dance-based fitness craze--and rescue groups devoted to saving the lives of at-risk animals. Each year, in Monterey, CA, however, hundreds of animal lovers come together to raise money for the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) and Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP). Seeking to inspire through dance, these participants earned pledges by Zumba dancing their (figurative) tails off in honor of their four-legged friends in need. The 4th Annual Dance for the Rescues took place on October 13th, and it raised over $40,000.

Dance for the Rescues began in 2010 when founder Polaris Brown saw it as a way to fuse her passion for Zumba with her love of animals. She began to notice a connection between the Zumba community and the animal rescue community, so she organized the inaugural event to raise money for two charities she thought were doing important work. The AFRP is an organization that seeks to help animals that are at-risk

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Program seeks to instill a focus on healthy living and self-confidence among young girls throughout America.

At the culmination of Girls on the Run--a program that has swept the nation over the last decade--participants complete a noncompetitive 5K race. By the time they reach the finish line, most of the girls will discover that their lives have changed since they started the program about three months prior. They will have become healthier, more motivated, and comfortable in their own skin. Girls on the Run serves more than 130,000 young people each year, and it is only continuing to grow across the country.

Founded in 1996 by Molly Barker, a former Ironman triathlete, Girls on the Run integrates life lessons for its participants in the form of an afterschool program that revolves loosely around running. While it sounds simple enough, the program had much deeper roots for Barker. When she was a teenager, she had succumbed to the peer pressure that is so common among high school girls who are forced to try to fit into what she has termed as "the girl box." Doing whatever

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Indoor trampoline parks started as a failed idea for a sport but have turned into a fast-growing outlet for fun and fitness.

Anyone who says that you can’t have a good time while exercising has clearly never been to a Sky Zone trampoline park. Started in 2004 as one man’s attempt to revolutionize the sport of basketball, the Sky Zone business model has morphed dramatically to become the latest craze in family entertainment. Beyond just being used for fun, however, many franchises have begun offering trampoline-based fitness classes where participants can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.

When he first had the idea for Sky Zone almost a decade ago, founder Rick Platt didn’t have trampoline parks in mind. Instead, he envisioned a new sport that he hoped would sweep the nation. A version of basketball played on trampolines, in which players would try to jump through a spinning hoop to score points, Sky Zone was an ambitious creation (to say the least). Unfortunately for Platt, his $2 million investment in the sport of Sky Zone was not destined to pan out. His 17,000-square-