A few pounds, that is. A Newport resident travels to Orange County schools to teach dancing as a fun form of exercise. When Hiba Shublak has spoken at physical education conferences over the last few years, trumpeting her theories of hip-hop dancing as exercise, audience members often asked her if she had a film for them to take home.
This year, Shublak will finally be able to say yes.
The Newport Beach resident, who has taught physical fitness since high school, recently finished production on her first DVD, "Active Learning: Hip Hop to Health." When Shublak speaks at the California Assn. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's annual symposium in March, the film will be on sale for the first time.
"It was costly, but it was worth it," said Shublak, 31, who financed the project on her own.
A native of Lebanon and a Southern California resident since age 8, Shublak last year became the first winner of the association's innovator of the year award, which she won for her methods of using hip-hop music as an exercise tool. Her classes, taught in more than a dozen school districts around Orange County, allow children and teens to work out to 50 Cent, Usher and other rap stars -- with Shublak keeping a close eye on the lyrical content.