There’s no doubt that regular exercise is vital for optimum health and wellbeing, but the thought of going to a gym and sweating it out with the ‘body beautiful brigade’ or ‘Muscle-Mikes’ is not everyone’s cup of tea, as we’ve written before. That’s why you need to know about Fitness Blastoff, a unique fitness dance party experience. We caught up with the founder, Selena Brown-Donkor, who told us why you need to book your next class, ASAP!
What is Fitness Blastoff all about?
The Fitness Blastoff is an urban fitness dance party experience. It’s all about getting active in a fun, lively and cultural-focused environment.
Why did you create it?
When I qualified as a Group Exercise Instructor back in 2012, I wanted to make fitness fun and to work-out to the music I enjoyed and that I was familiar with. I felt that there was a lack of fun and urban fitness classes at the time. I also wanted to offer sessions to people like myself who love to dance, without the pressure of having to be a professional dancer or learn complex choreography.
What’s your background in exercise/dance?
I am a qualified Group Exercise Instructor. I’ve always been about staying fit and active through regular gym visits and dance fitness classes. Although I’m not a professional dancer, I love to dance and attend dance fitness classes as well as deliver my own.
How have you incorporated African and Caribbean culture in the event?
Attendees learn about the culture through experiencing the different dance moves, rhythms and dance-steps from Africa and the Caribbean, learn about the different genres of music and the various dance styles that come from those genres.
What can guests expect on a typical Fitness Blastoff session?
To dance, workout and party to upbeat urban music in a lively party club-like setting. They will take part in fun and simple dance fitness sessions led by qualified and entertaining presenters in a dynamic event space with a live DJ thrown into the mix.
At a session, guests can expect to participate in a range of dance fitness sessions back to back from Dancehall and Afrobeats to Soca and Hip-Hop, follow simple dance fitness sessions and be in with the chance of winning a range of sponsored giveaways.
Do you have to be a fitness buff to attend?
Nope, not at all. We have attendees who come along simply to have fun, dance and to try a different experience.
Tell us about the other dance fitness presenters?
There are eight dance fitness presenters for this year’s event. See more details about them below:
Faye Edwards is a fitness presenter delivering a range of fitness and dance sessions at a number of fitness events and conventions in both the UK and internationally. She is also a Group Exercise Manager at Third Space London and the creator of F.I.T Jam – a fun high-energy dance class to a range of urban music. She will deliver her F.I.T JAM session to UK Garage.
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DID YOU KNOW… • • • UK Garage is a genre of music originating from England in the early 1990s with influences from the US house and garage music scene. MCs are key elements of UK Garage sounds who speak and rap over the music at local clubs and parties. UK Garage was played on many pirate radio stations before it became a huge success and began to break into music charts thanks to producers such as Shanks and BigFoot and Artful Dodger. UK Garage became big in the UK urban music scene, especially in London, that events especially for Garage music start to form, taking the sound to the likes of Ayia Napa as a clubbing destination for Garage ravers. The momentum of Garage declined in the early 00s and a new subgenre was formed in the name of Grime and UK Funky. • • • Our UK Garage dance presenter for this Saturday's event is @fayeedwards 💃🏽🤗 • • • #Dance #UKGarage #GarageMusic #UKGarageMusic #UKG #Dancers #Fitness #HistoryFacts #BlackHistoryMonth #UKMusicScene
Kwaku Agyemang is a Fitness Trainer, family man, qualified Occupational Therapist and Founder of African-inspired workout, AzontoFitness, will bring back the lively Afrobeat vibes to the Fitness Blastoff.
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DID YOU KNOW • • • Afrobeats is a new style and genre of music which has developed in the 21st century by artists from West Africa, particularly Ghana and Nigeria. It's a new sound, has a very modern feel and still feels African with all the drum beats, local Ghanaian and Nigerian accents and language as well as the distinct African dance moves that accompany the songs such as Azonto. It gets its name from it's forefather, Afrobeat, which developed in the 1960s and 1970s by Nigerian bandleader and instrumentalist, Fela Kuti. There are a few differences between these two genres, apart from one letter, is that Afrobeat got it's sound from highlife (Ghana), jazz and funk whereas Afrobeats has more Hip-Hop and Rap influences. • • • Our Afrobeats dance fitness instructor at this Saturday's BIG Bash will be: @azontofitness. He'll bring the Afrobeats vibe 🇬🇭🇳🇬 • • • #Afrobeats #AfricanDance #AfricanMusic #BlackHistoryMonth #NigerianIndependenceDay #HistoryFacts #AfrobeatsDance #LondonFitness #LondonDance
SupaFresh Dance Movement was founded by Amelia Aramu, a Professional Dancer and Choreographer from Italy! She created SupaFresh Dance Movement for people who wanted to learn street and Hip-Hop dance in a relaxed and friendly environment. SupaFresh Dance Movement will bring 00s Hip-hop vibes at the event.
Caramel Jones is a multifaceted creative, working as a Professional Dancer and a Creative Director. This emerging female entrepreneur has been marching STRONG in the dance industry for more than 15 years both nationally and internationally. She will deliver a fun, friendly and simple House dance session.
Marta Costa is a Fitness Trainer, a Dance Fitness Instructor, a Wife and Mother. She is very passionate about health and fitness and stays fit and active through regular gym sessions and lots of dancing! This bundle of energy will bring a lively and vibrant Reggaeton session.
Bami Kuteyi is a Personal Trainer, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and the Founder of Bam Bam Boogie Dance Fitness will bring nothing but fearless energy and good vibes through her Twerk Fitness session to Trap music.
Nafura is a Dance and Fitness Instructor, a Personal Trainer with a flair for carnival arts and costume design. She is also the founder of Wuk Up Academy and will deliver a high-energy Soca dance fitness session.
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DID YOU KNOW • • • Soca, which means the Soul of Calypso, is a music genre from Trinidad and Tobago that developed in the early 1970s. It was initially created by Lord Shorty, a Trinidadian man known as the Godfather of Soca, with the purpose to revive traditional calpyso music. He used traditional Indian instruments like the dholak and dhantal to combine the sounds of Trinindads East Indian and West African populations. The sound and feel of Soca music is a very fun and celebratory style. Most of the musicians are from the Caribbean islands including Barbados, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia and the Grenadines. You will also find Soca at Caribbean carnivals across the world, most notably Trindad carnival, as well as Notting Hill, Miami and New York carnival, to name a few. Soca is all about having a good time and freedom. You will also find followers of Soca music repping their island flags and whining their waistlines. • • • Our Soca dance instructor for this Saturday's event is: @wukupacademy 🇩🇴🇧🇧🇹🇹🇬🇩🇱🇨🇩🇲🇰🇳 • • • #SocaDance #BlackHistoryMonth #HistoryFacts #SocaMusic #SocaFitness #Dance #DanceFitness #Fitness #Carnival #CaribbeanHistory #CaribbeanDance
Fresh Az Ice are a family of dancehall dancers who are all about spreading their Jamaican culture and lifestyle through dance and having fun. They perform at a number of events across the UK and deliver their own weekly dancehall class. They will deliver a popular dancehall steps and styles.