Sway Your Way Back To Fitness With Katz School Of Dance

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Ok, I’m sure we all agree that taking care of one’s body is one of the best ways to live a happy and healthy life (at least that’s what I believe). My only problem with that is … the gym and I have a love-hate relationship! It’s not that I don’t like being fit, it’s just that I find normal gymming … well, boring (no offense to the ladies who love it). So to get that cardio in, minus the tediousness, I decided to pay Katz School of Dance a visit.

Now, let’s just clarify one thing before we go any further – I don’t dance. It’s just not within my being to be able to move in rhythm (and I’ve accepted that) … so when I considered dance as a fun form of fitness, I knew that it would be a challenge for me. Katz has a whole range of classes to try, from Ballet and Tap to Argentine Tango and Capoeira. I wanted as much variety as possible so I decided to go with Hip Hop, Pole Dancing (don’t laugh, it’s not what it sounds like!) and RockingnHeels with guest instructor, Nkateko ‘’Takkies’’ Maswanganye.

If you’re looking for a high-intensity, blood-pumping workout, then I highly recommend taking Hip Hop classes. The coolest part is that you get to learn a routine (which also tests your memory, I might add) to all the songs you know and love. The instructor, Jamal, was awesome – he went over the moves as many times as we needed him to and he was super-patient. For this class, you want to dress as comfortably as possible … so I went with typical gym wear and takkies.

On Tuesday, I was put through the test of my life at Pole Dancing classes (I have truly developed a newfound respect for this form of dance) – it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! Cara-Ann, the instructor, teaches you the proper way to walk around the pole as well as how to climb it (needless to say, my lack of upper body strength was in plain view here). I would say be prepared for bruises and a whole lot of pain … but once you see how it should be done (and how amazing and sexy it looks), you’ll find yourself wanting to try harder to get it right … and somehow, the pain will seem worth it! For Pole Dancing, shorts and a tank top are a must.  

On Wednesday, I got to see the sexier side of dancing with RockingnHeels. This is a private class, which means the instructor is from outside the school and you need to do a separate booking and payment process. Takkies makes the class a lot of fun, and, of course, heels are mandatory – I would say wear closed, comfortable heels, though – they’re a lot easier to dance in. Be prepared to get low (I mean really low), and to move your body. You get to learn a routine here too and it leaves you feeling a lot more confident about your body. (Some advice: don’t bother hiding at the back of the class – Takkies will find you and make you dance in the front … I learned that the hard way!) For more info on Takkies and this class, click here.

Overall, I absolutely loved the smaller classes – I feel like they give you the chance to be seen, to ask questions, and to not get lost in the crowd. The instructors are professional dancers and they’re not afraid to push you to be better. Plus, the variety of classes at the school are awesome and cater to every kind of taste and age! 

The classes are about an hour long and happen daily between 17:30 and 20:30, so they’re easy to fit into a busy schedule. You can even try out a class at R110 or get the first timers special at R220 for the week. Remember to take a water bottle and a sweat towel if you decide to try out the classes … yes, I struggled to cross my legs for a few days (oh, the pain), but I can honestly say I’ve never had so much fun working out!

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by Nicole

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1 December 2016 at 10:36 am
Fiona Hi I am looking for capoeira classes for my son, do you have these classes. if not please can you recommend someone
15 July 2015 at 10:39 am
Adora Mmaphefo Nthane i am very keen
 

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