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Class Act: African Dance

In the mood for something with a little more action than a chill jog in the park? Try out an African dance class. Classes are most often accompanied by live musicians, mostly drummers, so the energy practically busts through the roof. The drum beats are so contagious, you really can't help but kick your knees, flail your arms, and spin around. This type of movement feels exhilarating and freeing.

Don't worry if you have two left feet when it comes to dancing; start with a beginner class. There will be lines of people with an instructor in front leading you through a series of movements. I hung out in the last line my first few classes, and everyone was really supportive of the beginners. The trick is to not be embarrassed and just let yourself go, so you can have fun and burn more than 400 calories per hour.

Hopefully African dance classes are offered in your area because everyone should try it at least once. Wear comfortable clothes, bring water, and expect to pay about $10 to $20 for the class.

To see a video clip of class



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ajah ajah 6 years
clearly this is comment comes way after the original discussion. but i came across this article while looking for some info on the health benefits of african dance, and other people may, too. so i thought i'd respond to one of the previous comments and say that the better term is generally west african dance, as this is the kind that is more commonly taught in the usa. and a serious west african dance teacher will let you know with more detail where the dance originates (including country and ethnic group) and the purpose behind it (celebrating birth, rites of passage, etc). it does not magically distill a whole continent's culture into something that some random person thought "unspecific negro tribes in africa" did.
Alissa-TG Alissa-TG 8 years
I have taken classes like this in college, actually as a requirement for my dance minor. I was happily surprised how much fun they were.
tamaradulva tamaradulva 8 years
I also took an African dance class with my college roommate during my senior year. It was such a great workout. After the first two classes, I wanted to drop it because it was so hard. But once I got the hang of it, I really liked it. Too bad it's not offered where I live now.
boulderannie boulderannie 8 years
Imagine my excitement to click on the link and see my ex-brother-in-law (the teacher), my sister (in the red top in the back row) and my nephew (the little guy running around)! This class is taught in Boulder, CO and is a great workout!
sarabel sarabel 8 years
I took an African dance class in college. Best class ever!!
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