These classes will introduce movements at a slow and encouraging pace. Dance is an art, and like everything artistic, it is incomplete without the correct technique, precision, and a unique touch of class. While these are all very difficult to do, our teaching programme, AfroFeet, is designed to develop all of them simultaneously. Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks was surely not referring to cultural African dance. It was certainly prior to the innovations of African Dance & Wellness. This week I thought to share a few reason why you should include dance in your weekly routine and watch your life transform right before your very eyes:
Do you care about your health?
Dance is therapeutic! It reduces stress and tension in the mind. There are few better ways of taking care of your heart than through dance. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute confirmed that dancing prevents heart disease. This is why at African Dance & Wellness we say: Adding years to your life through dance. Cultural African dance styles like Muchongoyo, (a warrior dance) performed in Zimbabwe, has sustained movements that puts pressure on muscles. This allows you to build strength and endurance in the process (not a bad side effect). What’s even better is the vigour in most African dance movements – the more energy each step requires, the greater the benefit you derive – so don’t hold back in the studio.
Do you have two left feet?
It’s okay to admit it! We have a few of those like you in our organisation doing admin work. But they will tell you that the rotational movements that are a part of how we conduct classes, help a great deal with improving agility and coordination. Don’t be embarrassed about coming to class if you have two left feet, because everyone is concentrating on their own steps to care about watching you. We also assign AfroFeet members to sequential levels based on ability and it reduces pressure. The whole idea is to become entranced to the rhythm produced by the music, and embrace the freedom of movement dictated by the African drum. Nobody is too stiff, no one is too short or tall, and no one is too plump or skinny. Success kisses the feet of the passionate, and so nothing is impossible with African dance styles.
Who is down for a good time?
The energy in a dance studio is seriously contagious and you can’t help but feel the beat and move your body. If you are beginner, with time, you will go from just moving body parts to manipulating your body to create patterns, and it’s at this point that you will appreciate how dance is an art. I have been out in the town a few times and have seen men and women who come for classes at the studio busting moves we would have learnt in class. The greatest advantage of African dance styles is that you can use it for all occasions, from birthday parties to weddings. In Zimbabwe for example, there are 13 major dance styles and 10 minor dance styles. They are all for unique purposes and we teach them all!
Break out of the routine: wakeup – work – eat – go home – sleep – and start all over again the next day. Live a little – shake something – move something – celebrate culture. Join our class today!
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