Masala Bhangra by Sarina Jain – Burn The Calories with Indian Dance Fitness!

Masala Bhangra With Sarina Jain At Alvin

I have been hearing all over the blogs and the fitness scene about the Bollywood dance craze that is taking over the fitness industry. I got an invitation to try out a Bollywood style class led by the one and only Sarina Jain. Known as the “Jane Fonda of India”  Sarina has created a Masala Bhangra dance class movement that keep your heart rate up while making  you feel like you were in an actual Bollywood movie!

The class was held at the legendary Alvin Ailey studios on the upper west side. This was my first time taking a class there and I felt so honored because of the deep respect that I have for the institution.

IMG_5451 Masala Bhangra

The class was like we were practicing for a show or as Sarina said “An Indian Wedding”. She taught us several 8 counts and had us practice them over and over until we got it… Then she added on. By the end we had an entire choreographed routine! It was sick!

Masala Bhangra Alvin Ailey

What I loved though was that during  the class she did not stay in the front–she moved around. She gave us visualizations to go with the dance moves. She let us know which moves were masculine and which were feminine. She told us when to smile and when the whip out hair. When to be strong  and when to be completely sexy. She told a story with her moves and by the end we all picked up our scarves and did the entire routine with  them. It was seriously all sorts of awesome!

I managed to set the video to record the entire choreography–check it out!

When we were done, I felt fantastic and that is saying a whole lot because I don’t function well with evening workouts. She was so sweet and I absolutely loved her t-shirt!

masala bhangra

Sarina is currently fundraising to get her Infomercial on TV! She has two amazing DVDs that is guaranteed to make you sweat but is still ton of fun too!

Have you ever tried a Bollywood workout?

Would you try it?

Do you prefer Morning/afternoon or evening workouts?

How was your fitness and wellness week?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. That looks so fun! I would love to learn how to dance that!
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  2. So cool!!! I’m so glad you were able to take the video because that was awesome!!! I fully expect this to be showcased at Healthy U 2015 :-)

  3. I am totally all for getting your dance on to exercise. Probably still one of my most favorite ways to workout and this looked like so much fun, too!! :)
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  4. I would definitely try this out it looks fun and that’s the best way to lose weight. I walk in the mornings but I think I might switch to exercising at night it may help me sleep better.
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  5. This looks like so much fun! I had no idea this was becoming a fitness craze, though. Thanks for keeping me in the loop :)
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  6. I am still a morning person, but now I am trying to just be more active ALL of the time. lol

    I love your workout tee too!
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  7. So fun! I love Masala Bhangra! It’s like a party! Alvin Ailey is great. They also have some awesome Zumba classes there too!
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  8. That dance class sounds right up your alley – I bet you caught on very quickly!!
    I like morning workouts. When I went to Zumba last summer it was in the evening which was fine because I felt like it was more of bonus activity than a true workout since I flounder a lot!!!
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  9. Nellie, you totally rocked that! I loved the video. I have no coordination, but I am back to running 5 times a week! Yippee!
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  10. That sounds like so much fun! Though dance DVDs aren’t really my thing, I would be thrilled if my gym started a class. i know you’re a gym rat, too. If her DVD comes out, would you buy it?
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  11. That video made me want to MOVE! You look like you’re taking it so seriously and you’re doing such a great job. I love some of these moves so much!
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  12. What an experience!

  13. I love anything Bollywood and I would love this. I’ve done Bollywood workouts and love them. A live class would be awesome!
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  14. You are absolutely blessed to meet her Nellie! I can see how much you had fun! Bollywood has always sounded so interesting to me. Way to go! :)

  15. Its really a great fun and fitness move. I like Bhangra and enjoy it so much.


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