City recreation department to offer Bokwa, a new dance fitness class

01/12/2014 11:32 AM

01/12/2014 11:33 AM

A new dance fitness class in the mold of Zumba will hit Wichita this winter — part of the city of Wichita’s recreation classes that start Jan. 21, along with beekeeping, the art of baking and Spanish in the workplace.

The city of Wichita will be the first place in town to offer Bokwa, the new dance fitness class.

“For those who love Zumba they’ll love to take this because it’s the dance fitness class but using the alphabet and numbers,” with the feet tracing out the letters and figures, said Stacey Hamm, marketing and development director for the city park and recreation department.

The class will be offered at several times and at five rec centers — Edgemoor, Boston, Evergreen, Linwood and Orchard. The cost is $19 for eight classes.

People will have two opportunities to try out the class for free — 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Orchard rec center, 4808 W. Ninth St., or 1 to 1:45 p.m. Jan. 18 at Boston rec center, 6655 E. Zimmerly.

“We have three certified instructors who will be there and walk everyone through it,” Hamm said. “And then they can register the same day.”

The city’s recreation classes are offered for all ages and cover areas of athletics, adult and youth cooking, dance, fitness, and home improvement. The winter session goes from January to March.

A new professional kitchen has been built at the Boston recreation center, and the Butler Community College culinary arts program will be teaching cooking classes there, including a Mediterranean “food cruise” and the art of baking.

Other new classes this session include country waltz, “tiny dancers” for tots, portrait drawing for children ages 12 and up, private piano lessons and home-improvement workshops by Home Depot, including how to hang almost anything and interior trim basics.

Participation varies from session to session, Hamm said. The area of town with the highest number of participants is the northwest part of town, she said.

The Winter 2014 Activities Guide can be downloaded at (hover over Government, then click on Park & Recreation) or picked up at Dillons stores; the 15,000 previous participants and some others in Wichita receive the guides in the mail, Hamm said.

Registration can be done online as described above, clicking on the Register tab on the Park & Recreation page, or by calling 316-268-4361, or in person at any of the recreation centers.

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