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!
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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.
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!
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!
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!