Celebrate Homecoming with a musically inspired workout curated by D-Composed

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For a few months, aSweatLife and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel have created events built around the nostalgia of P.E. Class. But there’s a special energy in the air as we bring on a third partner for November’s installation of New School P.E.

D-Composed, a Chicago-based chamber music experience that highlights musicians and composers within the African Diaspora, curated a night inspired by Homecoming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. November 1, their curated experience D-Compressed will be a meeting of music and fitness like you’ve never experienced before.

You’ll be greeted by the heart pounding drum-beat of the marching band from Chicago’s King College Prep. Then, Liu Gross will make you feel like you’re under the lights of a stadium with his football-inspired workout. After, a string quartet arranged by D-Composed will accompany a yoga flow led by Asia Nichole Jones, creator of Trap Yoga.

And if all of this makes you think of Beyoncé – you’re not alone.

“Something that’s important to acknowledge about Beyoncé’s Homecoming is it’s a tribute to HBCU (Historically Black College and University) culture,” Kori Coleman, founder and Experience curator at D-Composed said. “With the inclusion of King College Prep, they’ll play songs that HBCU bands traditionally play.”

An important note about the evening: just because music’s being played on stringed instruments doesn’t mean the energy of Homecoming will end.

“Within the D-Composed setlist, we’re performing selections from Beyoncé’s homecoming but also nodding to songs that you would hear an HBCU band play,” Coleman shared.

Ready for the details?

Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan

When: November 1 from 5:30-8:30

How do I sign up? Right here! Thanks for asking!

What’s the flow of the night?

  • 5:30 – Get pepped up! The moment you enter the door, we have the King College Prep marching band in the house paying homage to HBCU classics.
  • 6:00 – Work through football skills and drills with Liu Gross, Professional Training Coach from Crosstown Fitness.
  • 6:20  The chamber music and yoga experience, D-Compressed, steps in from the sidelines to realign your “Inner G.” The D-Composed ensemble — a 4-piece string quartet — will perform a live musical arrangement inspired by Beyoncé’s Homecoming* while you wind down with Asia Jones of Trap Yoga.
  • After, plan to stay and enjoy an ice-cold Michelob ULTRA.


New School P.E.: The whistle dangling around the teacher’s neck. Wood floors beneath your sneakered feet. The thrill of just playing. That’s where New School P.E. comes in, a recreational partnership between aSweatLife and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, bringing back the nostalgia of elementary school gym class with a new-school flair. New School P.E. class combines old school fun with some of the things we love from adulthood: good music, cool instructors, and cold beer.

D-Composed is a Chicago-based chamber music experience that highlights musicians and composers within the African Diaspora. Since 2017, D-Composed we have created intimate out-of-the-box experiences that take music out of the concert halls and into art galleries and cafes. Our goal is to redefine and modernize the classical music experience – one event at a time.

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About Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of asweatlife.com a destination for living your best life, with fitness as the catalyst. She's also the co-founder and head of strategy of the SweatWorking App. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events, and - on the rare evening off - you may find her using her Personal Training certification to coach group fitness classes across Chicago.