I’ve secretly always wanted to be a dancer. I don’t know what kind and no, I’m not GOOD at it, I just love dancing. I count solo dance parties in my room as workouts and I still know the moves to the Backstreet Boys’ “Larger Than Life” music video. (I know you’re in awe.)
On a whim, I signed up for a class at Dance Motivation Fitness (DMF), hoping to channel my inner Jody Sawyer (name the movie!).
Classes are held at the DANY Studios where I’m pretty sure ACTUAL dancers who are STUDYING dance take classes, which was a little intimidating but also made me feel semi-important. The building looked relatively sketchy on the inside and there wasn’t a lot of signage…but I eventually found the right door arrived at the really unique, fun space that is DANY. Full of studios and comfy couches, it felt very bright and welcoming. After signing in I headed up to the actual dance studio – my favorite part was the big windows that look out over the street. It felt like such a New York moment. That feeling will never get old.
So, you know how, when you’re dancing alone in your room (YOU ALL DO IT DON’T LIE), you really only know a couple “moves” so you continuously repeat them? Unless you are in fact a dancer, I guess. Anyway, this class was like that…except you’re in an energetic room full of happy, non-judgy people, and the awesome instructor (Lindi) is showing you how to do fancy-looking dance moves. But don’t be fooled by the word “fancy”. I promise, anyone can do them. And if you can’t, well, the moves change after a couple counts of 8 anyway. You don’t learn any choreography and there’s nothing to memorize.
When I signed up for this class I was planning for it to be an easy workout day. I mean, how hard could dancing be? But, my friends, I was WRONG. We were constantly moving. Jumping and lunging and squatting. We did all different genres of dance…everything from salsa to booty-shakin’. About halfway through we did a songs-worth of strengthening exercises, then we danced some more and finished with light stretching. I was constantly smiling and totally entertained. Much to my surprise, my heart rate was just as high as it would be during an interval workout.
Throughout my entire commute home I felt uplifted (I usually feel the opposite) and my smiley mood stuck with me all night. I cannot wait to go back.
Love dancing or hate it? Fill me in!