NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In preparation for the back to school season, The Ailey Extension, The Ailey Organization's program of dance and fitness classes for the general public, is opening its state-of-art dance center on Manhattan's Midtown West Side to host a PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT ZUMBA PARTY presented by Teen Diaries and Women on the Move. The event will take place August 24, 2013 at The Ailey Studios (405 W. 55th Street) and will be hosted by beloved actress, songstress, dancer and TV personality, Adrienne Bailon.

Mentors joining the event include radio personality and marketing maven, Simone "Boss Lady" Amelia, VH1's Love & Hip Hop's Tahiry Jose, ESSENCE Senior Health and Relationships Editor, Sharon Boone, Black Girls Code's Donna Knutt, Balan Inc. co-founder, Michou St. Jules, Celebrity Nail Artist, Dawn Sterling, MVD Inc.'s Massah David, Dr. Afriye Amerson and Ernst & Young's Erin Hajj with Sirius XM's DJ S. WHiT as guest DJ. Brand participants include TRUKFIT, Under Armour, Beats by Dre and J Travel Management.

Catering to teenage girls ages 13-18, Pretty Girls Sweat (PGS) is a community-based fitness initiative designed to highlight non-traditional workouts, group activities, delicious recipes and oodles of SWEAT-spiration for teens and college students who LOVE or HATE to exercise. Women On The Move (WOTM), a New York-based female empowerment organization, is joining forces with PGS, providing female mentors accomplished in their perspective fields with a day of fun-filled activities they can enjoy while inspiring and educating young girls to become their best selves.

"Exercise is a great equalizer," says Teen Diaries and PGS founder, Aeshia DeVore Branch. This new platform allows young teens to connect with inspiring women in a fun and judgment-free zone. WOTM's Dee Vazquez will be co-hosting the Zumba party, which will include a Zumba fitness workout led by The Ailey Extension's Shahidah Ansari Zumba® Jammer (Choreography Specialist) & Instructor and a Q &A with host Adrienne Bailon.

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Since its inception in 2005, The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Mr. Ailey's life-long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering "real classes for real people." The Extension offers over 80 classes per week in over 25 different dance and fitness techniques for all levels. Over 55,000 people have taken classes at Ailey's home, New York's largest building dedicated to dance, where dancers of all levels and walks of life can learn and be inspired – body, mind, and spirit! This fall, The Ailey Extension will hold classes for Teens and Kids form September 8th through December 15th. For more information on how to sign your child up for classes at The Ailey Extension click here.

Adrienne Bailon is a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer and TV personality from New York City's lower eastside. Her first claim to fame was the successful award-winning hip-hop soul and R &B girl group 3LW. Bailon and former 3LW member Kiely Williams became half of Disney's International phenomenon The Cheetah Girls. Amid a popular musical group, a multi-platinum album, and film The Cheetah Girls: One World, Bailon became an unstoppable force in the industry. Throughout her career Bailon has continually dedicated herself to empowering women and giving back to charity through prestigious organizations, such as, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of America. As a trendsetter of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, Bailon was proud to accept Latina Magazine's 2012 award for "Latina Fashionista of the Year." She also expanded her entrepreneurial endeavors by launching her new "Fingertip Fetish" nail polish line. In addition, fans can look forward to Bailon acting on ABC Family's first movie musical entitled "Elixir," beside Jane Seymour and Sara Paxton due for release in early 2013. A second season for the reality show of her weekly chronicle "Empire Girls," alongside model/television personality Julissa Bermudez, is now in negotiation with the Style Network.

Teen Diaries is a multi-media company dedicated to mentoring aspiring journalists and providing positive, online content for young women who enjoy hip hop and pop culture. The information and opportunities they offer help their target population transition into womanhood successfully and empower them to be future leaders. They have been affecting the lives of young women worldwide since 2007 through various platforms including, TD Radio, and!

Women on the Move is an organization that helps young women achieve professional success and embrace philanthropy as a key ingredient of that success. The mission of their organization is to INFORM, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER the next generation of business owners, political figures, entertainers, educators, authors and high-level executives. They do this through the sharing and crafting of transformational stories. WOTM provides venues for both speakers and listeners committed to growth, transformation and a community of support. Women on the Move, mentors as they move.

CONTACT: Aeshia DeVore Branch, Teen Diaries / Pretty Girls Sweat Carolina Alduey, Women On The Move, 646.267.2642Source:Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.