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She’s a dancing machine…

Today I stepped out of my normal routine based gym routine and attended a dance class!

Now I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous, I didn’t know what to expect! I took dance from I wad 5 years old to about 12, I haven’t danced professionally since I was a tween!

Dancing in a class led by a professional was one of the things I wanted to do by the time I was 30. So I searched for a west african dance location in my neighborhood and I found Cumbe Dance located in central downtown Brooklyn and super easy to get to.

There were many classes available, but I chose “Sabar” a west African dance that originated in Senegal.

Upon arriving at the facility, the front desk was extremely warm and receptive, (I am a sucker for good customer service!) they made me fill out some minor paperwork that I am sure waived my rights to sue if I broke an ankle, and sent me on my way to the locker room area.

The facility was spotless. I was kind of surprised at how sparkly everything was. From the bathrooms, to the locker areas, to the sinks (all of which are white) everything was super clean!

So I changed into my clothes and walked the short distance to the studio. I seemed to be the eldest, there were about 9 other girls there and they all looked to be in their late teens/early twenties.

When I walked in, it became obvious that I was the only one in sneakers. I quickly took them off (hoping that I hadn’t given away my newbie status) and became painfully aware that I hadn’t had a pedicure in 4 months a long time. Yikes!

The class was scheduled for 90 minutes and the instructor took about 30 minutes just warming up. Some of the stretches were just too much for my still healing from a c-section seven weeks ago body. But I managed!

Then the real fun began…

The instructor started doing some easy sequences at first, but hen she added some quick twirls and jumps and before you knew it, I was super discombobulated! The majority of the class, however, caught on super fast! (I later found out that the girls that took the class with me were PROFESSIONAL dancers, so I didn’t feel so bad!)

(Although this video have real hardcore dancers, the movement we did were a lot like these…think SABAR for dummies)

Although, some of the steps got super complicated, and I felt lost at times, it was a really good experience overall. I love to dance so, just being in a professional environment was pretty awesome!

And a calorie burner too! According to my heart rate monitor I burned around 600 calories, not bad!

I would love to go back in the summer time and try different classes, we shall see!



Mommy. Career Woman. Fitness Addict.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 4), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is  a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-in series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie became inspired to become a licensed Zumba instructor at Fitbloggin' 12. She now teaches a regular high energy Saturday Zumba class in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, & Google Plus.

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  1. I would love to do a workout like this! Fun and exercising at the same time!

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