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Dance Class Offers Fitness, Salvation

Looking to exercise in an energetic, friendly and faith-based environment? Tiah Hodges, 25-year-old entrepreneur, has the answer.

Since August 2016, Soul Fitness, Hodges’s Christian hip-hop dance class, has provided the D.C. metropolitan area with the opportunity to get fit in the name of the Holy Spirit.

“Soul Fitness is a revolutionary hip-hop dance fitness program, where dance is paired with worship,” she said. “It is the original ‘fitness and fellowship,’ where every class is designed to be an experience. It is designed where your mind, body and spirit are challenged to leave better than you came.”

Hodges, a social worker by trade, said she resigned from her work a few years ago after being led by the spirit to follow her God-given destiny and steward Soul Fitness.

The program CEO and director said participants can expect to be transformed.

Classes start with prayer, and then an hour of dancing to a variety of upbeat Christian hip-hop songs from artists such as Lecrae and Kirk Franklin.

“There will be calories burned, spontaneous worship, we will pray and invite the Holy Spirit into our lives,” she said.

What makes Soul Fitness different from other programs is that it is rooted in Christianity and offers resources in each session for salvation, encouragement and healthy eating.

“The Lord gave me this idea to begin this program because it is time to remove the limits and stereotypes from around God and the church,” Hodges said. “It is also time for people with the true heart of Jesus to represent him. God is not a Sunday pastime, but he’s zesty and loves fun. God is opening doors for a lot of young people to turn to him in these end times.”

Each session is $10 for one hour of exercise and can be booked on tiahhodges.wixsite.com.

Hodges plans to bring Soul Fitness to other cities in 2018 in an effort to bring young people closer to Christ.

“It’s time to help usher people into relationship and be out with religion,” she said. “This program is geared towards younger people, but anyone is welcome. Any age, gender or religious beliefs are invited. Soul Fitness will show people that they can be themselves wholeheartedly and they do not have to be perfect, but that Christ’s love has all the redemption power that they need.

“Soul Fitness encourages others to chase Jesus, worship unapologetically and run after a purpose-driven life,” she said.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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