A few weeks ago, a representative from DMF invited me to an exclusive media night to test out a dance class. Coincidentally, I had Beyoncé tickets on the night of the event, so I attended another dance class with the lead instructor, Lindi. I missed out on the swag bags (but they said they will mail me one!) and meeting other like-minded bloggers, but I still got a chance to get in a good workout.
DMF stands for Dance Motivation Fitness. When I arrived at the DANY studios in NYC, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. From the outside of the building and the multicolored stairwell, I was a bit nervous, but once inside I was impressed.
It was like a hang out spot with dancers chatting outside of the individual studios while waiting for the next class. The bathroom space was small, but they had a good-sized changing room with lockers for rent. However, you can bring your bags into the studio with you.
Once I got to the studio for my 7pm Tuesday evening class, I was greeted by one of the assistant instructors who was rocking a Sparkly Soul headband. And FYI, her personality was just as sparkly as the headband.
Once the 6pm class let out, I walked right into the studio and grabbed a spot in the second row from the front. There were also about 10 dancers (all different shapes, sizes, and races) taking the class with me that day. Once the music started, I could tell the class was going to be different.
Have you taken Zumba before? Well, this is not Zumba. Lindi clearly states in the beginning of the class that it is supposed to be freestyle and you should dance like nobody is watching. The music is a mix of old school hip hop, pop, Motown, and new music. The actual dance moves are different too. They use a combination of only 3-4 counts of 8 for each song. If you don’t get it the first time around, you will by the 4th or 5th round. And if you never get it, just make sure you keep moving.
What really surprised me was that they incorporated some body weight exercises for the legs, booty, and abs. If I had known this, I probably would have cut down on my morning workout routine because my legs were still sore.
Throughout the class, Lindi also made a point to use everyone’s names and cheer you on throughout the class. I had never met an instructor who took the time to do this, so it caught me off guard….and made me keep moving even when I was exhausted. I burned over 400 calories in the 50 minute class too!
If you are in the city, and looking to take a dance class that is more workout than dance, then try out this class. This is also NOT a sponsored post. I got to take the class for free, but was never asked to write a review about my experience.