That evening, the REC’s second annual Mardi Gras Dance Party offered participants a 45-minute training session with music on the Mardi Gras theme.
The class was moderated by the dance fitness instructor Catherine Brasher, Senior Marketing Major, and had a capacity limit of 20 people. Those who wished to participate registered on IMLeagues.com and were encouraged to come in Carnival or Southeast colors.
Brasher holds dance classes at REC on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 am. Registration takes place via IMLeagues.com and can be found on the REC website.
Brasher received her Zumba certification in 2018 and has been teaching dance fitness classes at REC ever since. She plans her events and the REC helps her with her doctorate.
“When I was a freshman they were hip-hop fitness, they had all kinds of dance material and a couple of years later they graduated and I thought I wanted to bring it back so I kind of did it on my own,” said they.
The class was the second annual Carnival-themed fitness class held at the REC. Although the admission capacity was limited to 20 people, all seats for the class were occupied. (Brynn Lundy / The Lion’s Roar)
Around this time last year, Brasher said she had noticed other groups bringing up fitness classes and she wanted to try and plan something similar.
She said, “I decided it was time to plan one of my own, and the only vacation that I noticed wasn’t busy in the southeast was Carnival. We’ve had a lot of downgrading participants this year, but it’s always been a great time just letting go and letting the good times roll. “
Ajia Rahman, a junior history major, attended the dance fitness class with her cousin Amber Rahman.
“I saw it on the REC Instagram page and thought it was cool and something to do,” Rahman said.
Amber Rahman, a sophomore major, said they both enjoyed the class.
“I’m tired but it was amazing,” she said.
Brasher posts updates on their dance fitness classes on Instagram, @dancefitnesswithcat.