Get Bent brings back Girls Glow Nights for the youth over the winter

Unique idea combining fitness and fun for female youths catching on in Penticton.

A unique idea to provide female youths with something to do on a Friday night is catching on.

Get Bent Arts and Recreation created the Girls Glow Nights in the summer to provide a place for youth to dance and party, in a safe way.

“Safe nights like these have a long-lasting impact on teens and we recognized the need for it for youth in Penticton,” said Raina Dawn Lutz, holistic nutritionist and yoga teacher at Get Bent. “It’s really important for young girls to have easy access to clean, healthy and safe activities with cool mentors that they can relate to — they see a good path that way,  have more options for guidance. It’s more than just a dance.”

Lutz said Get Bent is committed to keep the events rolling through the winter and will be hosting another Girls Glow Nights Oct. 26.

Girls aged 11 to 16 from Penticton and surrounding areas are welcome to join the fun at the studios in the Cannery.

The fitness party nights consist of glow sticks, glow paint and glow necklaces, 80’s neon clothes, a fog machine, cool lighting and blaring music — not to mention pizza included and free sports drinks. The girls are led through a high-energy night incorporating dance, fitness and even a touch of yoga.

“The memories created on such a fun night keeps the girls coming back for more — and to spend more time in a safe environment on a Friday night is exactly what Get Bent is working towards,” said Lutz.