The last eight counts of this Afro dance combo are “all about the vibes,” says instructor Keane Kamara. “It’s all about having fun, it’s about that celebratory moment.” It’s also a pulsed lunge with core, back and arm activation. But, really, who gives a hoot when the vibes are so strong?
Camara is September’s Well+Goods Instructor of the Month, and is offering a weekly masterclass in Afro dance. In the first week, he taught us some common dance moves from around the African continent, so if you’re new to this art form, you might want to watch that video.
This week, Kamara leads us through a combo that uses the entire body. You’ll be squatting and lunging but you won’t even realize it because these simple power moves are just part of a flowing dance routine full of energy and attitude. “Even when you’re doing something simple, or maybe it feels more like fitness, when you’re dancing you have to bring some energy and emotion to it,” says Camara.
A combo might sound intimidating, but the camera breaks down each eight-count in multiple ways so that the phrases become like building blocks that you’ll be able to put together. His wisdom? Don’t be afraid to try something new.
“If you’ve never choreographed before, it’s a new skill, it’s a different skill, it’s different than being a great dancer because you’re memorizing things in a sequence,” Camara said. “So hopefully that makes it more digestible for you.”
Spending time dancing will do more than work your body. It turns out dancing specifically taps the parts of your brain that provide warm and fuzzy feelings.
“The act of dancing can subconsciously remind people of how they felt when they danced at another time, such as at their campaign, at a wedding or out with their friends because it activates the part of the brain where emotions and memories are stored,” Christine Sudeikis, Dance Studio Forward_Space , founder and creative director of Well+Good, previously said.
Check out the camera routine and you’ll be getting those good vibes in no time.