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DanceFit tries to make New Year’s fitness plans fun by Elizabeth Coady


t's 2018! Time to make your New Year's fitness resolution! Diet! Exercise! Weight Loss! Which inevitably turns into… Cliche! Tedium! Chore! But 25-year-old Bria Moss-Wilkerson has another way: dancing your way to fitness. The Temple grad and newcomer to Chestnut Hill just opened “DanceFit Chestnut Hill,” a boutique fitness studio at 98 Bethlehem Pike. “Our motto is 'Disguise your exercise,’” the recording artistturned-entrepreneur said in a telephone interview. “It's not like we're in here trying to become body builders. The fun is just as important at the fitness. We laugh at each other, we laugh at ourselves.” The dance studio joins Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness and Tara Yoga along a stretch of Bethlehem Pike that Moss-Wilkerson has coined as Chestnut Hill's “Wellness Way.'' Owners of both businesses have been kind and supportive “It's been so great,'' she said. ''It's so nice to have so many welcoming people.'' Previously performing under the stage name BriaMarie, the Colum(Continued on page 8)

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DanceFit owner/instructor Bria Moss-Wilkerson in her studio. (Photo by Elizabeth Coady)

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bia, Md., transplant moved to the Hill in the summer of 2016 after driving through the neighborhood on her way to recording studio appointments in Oreland. She fell in love with the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have become a Chestnut hill girl,'' she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I walk to all my doctor appointments. I loved the Christmas lights. I got a library card at the library. I just love the neighborhood so much.â&#x20AC;? The new studio's opening is the culmination of a whirlwind four months of planning by Moss-Wilkerson. She decided on launching the business in late July, and on Nov. 27 she opened her doors. Chestnut Hill's newest shop owner said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;put a lot of hard Longtime Chestnut Hill residents, Mark Berger and Victoria Green, are starting a Mindfulness Meditation Program at Twisters Wellness Center in Erdenheim. Two work and researchâ&#x20AC;? into the effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I don't have a lot of money with hour introductory workshops in February precede the eight-part Mindfulness Meditation Series For Beginners that commences in March. Visit this being my first business,â&#x20AC;? she for more information. added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had my family come up from Maryland. I was here literally every day.'' The dance studio aims to cater to Chestnut Hill's fortyish female demographic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chestnut Hill demographic is a 40.4 woman,â&#x20AC;? Moss-Wilkerson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That's our clientele right now,''. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These ladies are coming in here and they're bringing their friends. It's just as much as a workPlease POP on by for bubbles and brunch to celebrate. Join us for a day of fun, fitness, & food out as a party with your friends.'' All retail will be 20% off, enter to win an Oribe gift basket, The studio will offer one of six to bring in the new YOU! free hair samples, and free hair consults. dance styles to help you keep or Ä&#x2018;ĆŤ3!0ĆŤ%0ĆŤ+10ĆŤ%*ĆŤ5+1.ĆŤ$+%!ĆŤ+"ĆŤ%,%0ĆŤ+.ĆŤ((!0ĆŤ..!%0 achieve your sveltest self: LatinÄ&#x2018;ĆŤ'!ĆŤ*+0!/ĆŤ%*ĆŤĆŤÄ&#x192;Ä&#x20AC;ĆŤ)%*10!ĆŤ*10.%0%+*ĆŤ,.!/!*00%+*ĆŤ".+)ĆŤ+1. inspired Zumba, pop-inspired â&#x20AC;&#x153;hip AC<8/<  &Â&#x2019;AM - 3PM in-house nutritionist fit,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;'yoga booty ballet,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;ballet Barrefit,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;dancefit bootcamp,â&#x20AC;? and Ä&#x2018;ĆŤ*&+5ĆŤĆŤ1.0! ĆŤ$!(0$5ĆŤ/*'ĆŤ//+.0)!*0ĆŤÄ&#x2019;ĆŤ.!".!/$)!*0/ â&#x20AC;&#x153;flex and stretch.â&#x20AC;? Also included, one raffle ticket for a FREE 5 Class Pack! Customers can sign up for as little as a single class costing $15 a pop or an unlimited number of SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 1PM-3PM classes for $160 a month. The studio has six instructors on staff and $20 in advance / $25 at the door hopes to add more. A special promotional â&#x20AC;&#x153;New You DanceFit Chestnut Hill is a boutique dance fitness studio offering group Wellness Dayâ&#x20AC;? is scheduled for Jan. fitness classes in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Designed for the person who 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will simply loves to dance, everyone is welcome. With classes like Zumba, include a 50-minute dance class 8135 Germantown Avenue HipFit, and Barre, clients disguise their exercise; enjoying a party with followed by a 30-minute nutrition Philadelphia, PA 19118 friends while getting a great workout! seminar and snacks. The fee is $20; $25 at the door. %HWKOHKHP3LNHÂ&#x2021;3KLODGHOSKLD3$ Moss-Wilkerson's advice for (215) 248-2000 Â&#x2021;GDQFHILWFKHVWQXWKLOOFRP maintaining that fitness promise to yourself makes it sound easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enjoying yourself, and then also getting a workout, is the best way to keep that resolution, she said.''

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simply sluggish and fatigued and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move much. Plant-based complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats provide complete nutrition. Meditation and relaxation breathing, as regular habits, and minimizing time-wasting distractions that might keep us up too late are very important components of an effective weight loss plan. We should get more than seven hours of sleep every night. We can carry low-cost home-brewed green tea sweetened with Stevia in portable stainless-steel beverage containers and work a few minutes of exercise, several times per day in-stride, into our daily routines. You would be amazed how quickly you will shed the pounds and inches and feel great! See for third question.

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KarenTaylorYoung brings 35 years of experience as a professional dancer to MALT,exposingstudentstothewondersofdanceforavarietyofages!ThisWinter warm up with one of Karen’s classes: Senior Ballet, Zumba Gold, or Core FusionDance/MatBarreandBarre.Noexperienceisnecessaryforanyofthese upbeat,easy-to-follow,healthboostingprograms!

Acupuncture: Ancient medicine for modern times by Elise Rivers, Esq., M.Ac.Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy (CAMA)


ince the discovery of acupuncture thousands of years ago, the knowledge that the body could be healed by such surprising means has had a profound, world-wide impact on many generations of patients seeking healing. Acupuncture improves immunity and blood flow, eliminates or aids pain, balances hormones and emotions, strengthens organ function and induces deep relaxation. This more balanced state enables the body to better manage the damaging impact of stress. In fact, strengthening and balancing all the body’s systems to prevent or treat disease is the function of acupuncture, and no other medicine in the world achieves the same results for so many conditions. Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy has the mission of bringing affordable acupuncture and other wellness services, such as bodywork, holistic nutrition counseling, naturopathy and herbal medicine to anyone seeking a safer alterna-

tive to medications that have the potential for deleterious side effects, but are still widely used and the only treatments considered. We believe the environment counts, so our space is welcoming and beautiful. All of our staff are professionally trained and are dedicated to sharing the benefits of holistic medicine. To see a list published by the World Health Organization of the many diseases and disorders that can be effectively treated with acupuncture, including digestive disorders, pain of all kinds, side effects of chemotherapy, asthma and allergies google “WHO list acupuncture.” In our 13 years serving the community, we’ve also witnessed wonderful changes in patients’ experience of anxiety. We seek to exceed your expectations about what health care can be! As one patient passionately expressed: The synergistic effect created by the restful environment and beautiful music, combined with the power of acupuncture and the genuine warmth and caring I receive, makes CAMA my go-to place for healing and restoration. Read all our testimonials at

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