It’s the New Year and with it comes new thinking, new promises and a renewed commitment to getting into shape. However, while New Year’s resolutions burn brightly at the beginning of the year, it is often hard to stay the course as life happens and we find ourselves fall back to the same habits of yesteryear.
One sure fire way to maintain the desire to do something about your health and to get into shape that is both fun and stimulating is dance. Jazzart Dance in particular.
The Jazzart Dance Company, based in Cape Town, has created a series of exciting evening dance classes for the whole family, all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. The award-winning contemporary dance company is on a mission to help South Africans get fit while providing a safe space for people to express their emotions through movement.
Dance may be a scary thought for self-doubting beginners, but Jazzart’s welcoming approach to a physical workout provides a safe space for exploration. “When we say ‘we welcome everybody’, we mean just that,” says Ananda Fuchs, Jazzart dance teacher.
Fuchs together with Sifiso Kweyama, the artistic director, has been teaching beginners and those with a bit of experience for some years. Fuchs believes dance to be an incredible discipline that can be learned at any age. “We take it easy (to start with). Almost anyone can benefit from one or two classes a week,” she adds.
Male and female school-going dancers, adults and anyone who wants to add the art form to their extracurricular activities are encouraged to join in, as well as those who have been shy about their body shape, fitness level, or co-ordination.
The benefits of Jazzart dance classes include building core strength, firm muscles without bulking up, improve balance and co-ordination, losing centimetres and kilos, stepping out of your comfort zone, learning something new, improved mental health and flexibility, increasing energy levels, meeting new people and expressing yourself like never before.
The classes take place at the Jazzart studio RR552 at Artscape on Mondays from 17h30 to 18h45 of beginners; Tuesdays from 17h30 to 18h45 for intermediate/advanced dancers; and Saturdays from 10h00 to 11h00 for kiddies and continues for teens from 11h15 to 13h00. A class costs R80 per adult and R70 per child.
Packages are also available at R350 for five classes, R650 for ten classes and R720 for Saturday classes per term. To book your lesson, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 021 410 9848.