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Free ways to stretch out and discover your inner Aunt Viv 

If you like to work it, work it.

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click to enlarge Angelica K. Lewis, owner of Curvy Chick Yoga, leads class. - JINDU ELUEZE
  • Angelica K. Lewis, owner of Curvy Chick Yoga, leads class.
  • Jindu Elueze

Chicago residents and visitors who like to "work it work it" show up in droves to the justifiably popular, city-sponsored Summerdance series in Grant Park. Live bands and DJs, and a first hour of dance instruction, make for a lively and free night out in downtown. Unfortunately, Summerdance doesn't kick off this year until June 27. But there are some other free ways to work your body, stretch out, and discover your inner Aunt Viv before June.

South Chicago Dance Theatre has been offering free community workshops on first Fridays. The next workshop concentrates on modern dance techniques. You can join them Friday, April 5, from 6-7:30 PM at the Dorchester Arts + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th Street. All ages welcome.

Participants can take in the wonderful vista of Lake Michigan during free yoga at Berger Park in Edgewater. Classes are coordinated by Nothing Without a Company, a local performance organization. All levels (with or without yoga mats) are welcome at these outdoor (weather permitting) classes. Meet up every Saturday at 10:30 AM outside of the Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Road. Homiey, a coworking space at 3455 W. North Ave. in Humboldt Park, also offers a monthly free yoga class taught by Angelica of Curvy Chick Yoga. Let's get physical now so we can show off our moves in June.  v

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