People Staff
April 07, 2006 06:00 AM

Just call her Miss Britney: Britney Spears found a good way to shed those post-baby pounds when she taught two free jazz-hip-hop dance classes for kids at the Malibu Academy of Dance recently.

Spears showed up in dance-teacher mode – wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt – and instructed a packed house of 88 students, ranging in age from 7 to 14. She played a new remix of the Eurythmics song “Here Comes the Rain Again” – and one of her own tunes that’s likely to be on her next album. Then she went into action, showing the students a series of dance moves. “(Britney) did a step called The Monkey, and she did a little squeak at the end of it,” studio owner Steve Chase told us. “It had all the kids laughing. She was incredibly sweet with them, and called everyone ‘baby.’ ” And Spears brought a very special guest: son Sean Preston, to whom the school gifted a basket of Lyla Blu t-shirts.

And it wasn’t a one-shot deal: The next day, the pop diva returned solo and taught the same routine to another class. “Britney lives close by so I think she did it as a way of giving back to her community,” says Chase, who added that she would definitely be back to help her young fans with some more fancy footwork.

Caught in the Act

• Mom-to-be Gwen Stefani, grooving alongside husband Gavin Rossdale at reggae artist Elan’s show at the House of Blues in L.A. Stefani wore jeans, a black empire-waisted maternity top and an army-green jacket with a fur collar. The singer, who did a duet with Elan on the 50 First Dates soundtrack, also appears on Elan’s debut album, Together as One, out in May.

Hilary Swank, eating brunch with an unidentified male companion at Mogan’s Caf in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


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