Exercise motivator Rae Rae Freeman-Clark will be joined by soul line dancer Vanice Walker and little local singing sensation Shaniah Jones for an energetic good time. They will be on the Main Stage near Sears on the mall’s lower level at 12:30 p.m.
Freeman-Clark said she will do her own “Sassy Classy” hustle.
Walker will show off some line dancing, and Shaniah will perform her hit song “Tutus and Tennis Shoes.”
Just under 6 feet tall, Freeman-Clark reached a weight of 300 pounds during her child-bearing years, but today at age 49, she is about half that weight.
The svelte fitness instructor does exercise warm-ups and classes for conferences and programs across metro Atlanta.
She wants her session at the expo to get people young and old excited about moving.
“I say let’s hustle it up. Let’s get busy!” she said.
Shaniah is a pretty busy rising third-grader at Atlanta’s Benteen Elementary School.
Girls across the world are sharing their own versions of the 8-year-old’s song “Tutus and Tennis Shoes.”
Her mother and manager, Cherlon Jones of southeast Atlanta, said Shaniah is an excellent reader with an exceptional memory.
“She’s a natural and such a professional at her young age, and she’s still a kid at the same time,” Jones said. “She might be timid and humble and laid-back in person, but when she gets behind the mike she’s a whole different person. It’s like lights, camera, action. She’s on!”
Shaniah has her own line dance for kids called the “Kiddie Shuffle.”
Two years ago, she was a finalist on Q 100s’ The Bert Show - “Bert’s Big Break,” and recently performed her “Tutus and Tennis Shoes” on Fox 5 Atlanta. She has performed at schools, charity events and birthday parties.
Walker, 52, has been teaching soul line dance for several years as the founder of “Watch My Feet.”
She can teach the steps to about 150 line dances and choreographs her own steps.
Walker had to get two artificial discs after falling on her FedEx job in 2007, but the injury could not stop her. She dances for therapy and does lots of stretching.
“You gotta move or you’ll lose,” Walker said. “If you don’t do anything with [your body], it won’t do anything for you.”
The Decatur grandmother leads line dancing at family reunions and parties and three times a week at 8 p.m. at the following locations:
- Tuesdays: Central Park Bistro, 5231 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain.
- Wednesdays: V&J’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1917 Pryor Road, Atlanta.
- Thursdays: Bigelow’s Sports Bar and Brill, 2564 Gresham Road, Atlanta.
Rae Rae’s Cardio
Freeman-Clark shares her four-step fitness program:
- Start your day by drinking water.
- Follow that by eating fruit.
- Eat salad as a meal four times a week, twice for lunch and twice for dinner.
- Exercise for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes at least two to three times each week.