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5 Dance Workouts for People Who Can't Dance

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Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge You can dance to Bollywood music too! - PHOTO COURTESY OF DOONYA
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  • You can dance to Bollywood music too!

All it takes is one hour of a K-pop dance class, surrounded a room of high school students who must have already practiced the music video routine in their parents' living rooms, to confirm what your body already knew: If the music's right, you can bounce from side to side (or jump up and down like a crazy person) with the best of them, but if choreography's involved, you, for the love of Shakira, cannot dance.

But nowadays, dance fitness programs (Zumba being the most popular) are trying to convince us that, yes, we can dance and we can burn 600-1000 calories doing simple moves that are accessible to all types of fitness enthusiasts, even if we don't know what a chasse is and, truthfully, don't even want to know.

So here's the level you're looking for: you can handle more than doing grapevines back and forth, but if there are body rolls involved, they'll probably look a little bit like those shoulder circles you do after a long day hunched over your laptop. Anything with the words "strip" or "sizzling" may require more sass than you can muster when you're tripping over yourself, but bonus points if the music is infectious and it doesn't even feel like you're working out until you pass out that night and wake up sore the next day.

Here are five dance workouts in L.A. for people who are more likely to make others laugh, rather than impress, with their moves.

click to enlarge Tanita Fadyeyola and her devoted "Afrofunkies" - YOUTUBE/AFROFUNKDANCE
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  • Tanita Fadyeyola and her devoted "Afrofunkies"

5. AfroFunk Dance Fitness

Finally, a dance where your limbs flailing in all directions is a sign that you're doing something right. Led by Tanita Fadyeyola, AfroFunk combines African, Caribbean, hip hop and funk dance movements in a way that encourages beginning dancers to not care about what you look like and, instead, soak in the positive energy while rocking out to the drum beats. The simple choreography is broken down into low, medium and high impact, and soon you'll be jumping up and down, thrusting your hips and throwing your hands in the air without a care in the world. Plus, every month at Heartbeat House, the class is accompanied by a live drummer. Heartbeat House, 3141 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Mon., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wed., 7:30-8:30 p.m. (323) 669-2821. YMCA of Glendale California, 140 N. Louise St., Glendale; Tues 9:30-10:30 a.m., Sun 2:30-3:30 p.m. (818)240-4130, afrofunkdancefit.com.

See also: 10 Best Workouts in L.A. for People Who Hate Working Out

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