Back in my younger days, until I was 11 or So, I did ballet. Every week I went with my grandma to the dance school for lessons and practice.
But being a child who knew exactly what they wanted (trust me, I didn’t really), I quit. I tried to reignite the dancing fire at high school (I went to a sports college), but I’m afraid to say the bullies kept me away from that one. So when I hit uni, and I became a bit more me, a bit more carefree, I tried again with adult ballet and hip-hop – I’m not sure I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t joined the dance society and gained the confidence I did.
However, since leaving uni, I’m afraid to say dance has faded into the background. I went through a phase of doing Supermalcolms classes at pineapple, but only for 4 months or so. My efforts focused more on fitness at the gym and running (as it’s free!), and I forgot how good a dance class can really be – both for physical and mental fitness. That was until I tried out Bollywood fusion this week.
Kiran Kishore, runs two Bollywood classes a week – one at Pineapple Dance Studio and one at the newly opened BASE in Vauxhall. Based on traditional dance moves, choreographed to her favourite Bollywood songs the dances can vary hugely as does the music – but it always looks fun!
You start as all humble Bollywood dancers do, giving thanks to everything which allows you to dance. The warm-up then starts to introduce the traditional moves in a slow repetitive way, so you can start to get a feel for how you need to move your body for the next hour. The warm-up actually felt like an alternative aerobics class. It doesn’t take long to get warm, and it’s on to the main event.
Kiran talks through the steps four counts at a time, with attendees following the moves. After roughly each 16-32, dependent on how tricky the steps were, we practised to music until we all felt comfortable. There was plenty of space for questions too, of which I obviously asked a couple as the hand positions were completely new to me.
I actually surprised myself with my memory for choreography, as even when Kiran stepped away for one practice round, I just about managed even if I did miss a step or two haha.
But it’s not about being perfect. It’s about the fun. Enjoying yourself. The effort you put in. The sweat. Moving your body in ways it doesn’t usually. Working out in a new exciting way. And trust me, this is a fab way.
It doesn’t matter your level, as Kiran is usually at the front to follow, and the moves are broken down into manageable sections. There’s lots of time to practise too. I hadn’t been dancing for at least a couple of years, and I’ve never been great at It, it’s always been for fun but I picked it up pretty well.
The hour goes pretty quickly once you’ve got into the swing of it, but at only £7 it’s really reasonable for an hour class. What’s more, the proceeds actually go to Help Refugees! So it’s for a great cause. So there’s no excuse 😉
- Price: £7 at Pineapple and £8 at BASE with proceeds going to Help Refugees. (You will need to pay membership to get into pineapple dance studio)
- Fun/serious: so much fun! Great for shaking off the day’s stress or even as a girls night activity
- Level: suitable for all. Everything is broken down so well, and plenty of run-throughs
- Recommend? Yes! I want to get the team at work to do a class for team building haha
- How to book: Bollywood fusion is on at Pineapple Dance Studio on Wednesdays 7-8pm (find here) or BASE dance studio Thursday 6-7pm (find here).
Have you tried a new fitness class or fun dance class recently?
*I was invited along to try Bollywood Fusion. All views are honest and my own – I have since pitched a Bollywood class to the Wellness team at work 🙂