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Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services to Host Hip-hop Dance Party

By Victoria Manenti

Kent State University's Department of Recreational Services will host its first Cardio Fitness Frenzy event on Saturday, April 30, from noon-3 p.m. on the basketball courts at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

This three-hour hip-hop dance party will be led by Michael Nicholson, graphic designer-turned-popular fitness instructor from the Columbus, Ohio, area. Nicholson specializes in teaching hip-hop fitness – a group fitness format that translates various callisthenic exercises into hip-hop dance moves, according to Nicholson’s website.  

“He is a really great example of what can come out of fitness,” says Elizabeth Michel, exercise physiology graduate student and group fitness instructor. “His weight loss success story blossomed into a new and inspirational career for him.”

The event is open to the general public and costs $20 per participant. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Guests can choose to preregister online or by calling the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Pro Shop or Fitness Suite. Registering in person at the event also is permitted.

Participants are not required to attend all three hours. Nicholson will teach for the first hour. When participants are resting, he will explain his own fitness journey and will then teach for another hour. The last half hour of the event will include snacks and a raffle with fitness-based prizes. Participants will be automatically entered into the raffle at no additional cost.

Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and sweat towels, as well as wear comfortable workout attire.

To learn more about Nicholson, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services, visit

Register for the event
Select "Cardio Fitness Frenzy" on the registration Web page to sign up.