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Participants can burn more than four hundred calories during a single class. At the same time, you don’t have to be a talented athlete to take part. ” Burgess told Daily Mail reporter Alice Von Simson, who attended one of his classes. ” The more you practice the moves taught in classes like Carnival Slam, the more coordinated you will get. And you might get so caught up in the fun, you don’t even notice how hard you are working. Von Simson said that the class began with a warmup like most fitness classes do.

But she clearly doesn’t mind. “It’s so fun. indd 40 8/5/14 2:31 PM First Steps If you are interested in studying African dance, you may not even realize that you already have some useful skills. Chances are good that other dance classes you have attended taught you at least a few movements you will use in African dance. Although many African dance classes cater to beginners, if you have never taken any kind of dance class, you might want to start with ballet. Many dance teachers recommend starting with this dance form, especially if you’d like to dance professionally.

Bedford’s class was based on the drumming of the Malinke, an ethnic group found in the countries of Guinea and Mali. Participants use a variety of drums to create a polyrhythmic sound. They may drum while sitting or standing. Either way, the drumming quickly becomes a cardiovascular activity. It involves constant upper-body movement. This type of exercise has many health benefits. It improves balance and coordination as well as core stability. It also reduces stress, which is something Bedford was hoping to gain from a new fitness routine.

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