FIT­NESS CUM FUN THE AFRICAN WAY

IF YOU WANT EV­ERY MUS­CLE IN YOUR BODY TO GET A WORK­OUT THEN LEARN AFRICAN DANCE. THIS HIGH -IN­TEN­SITY FIT­NESS REGIME BURNS FAT, IN­CREASES STAMINA, AND IS FUN TOO.

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY SHRUTHI NAIR — shruthi@time­so­fo­man.com Leg­ends Crew Call +968 9926 8133

Learn African dance. This high -in­ten­sity work­out burns fat, in­creases stamina, and is also a great week­end ac­tiv­ity to have fun and stay fit.

AFRICAN DANCE or Afro dance orig­i­nated in Africa back dur­ing the tribal era, not so much as a form of entertainment but more as a form of ex­press­ing emo­tions, cel­e­bra­tions, and tribal rit­u­als. Each tribe would have a dif­fer­ent set of moves that were taught to the mem­bers by their tribe master from a very young age that were then passed on from gen­er­a­tions. Later in the early 16th cen­tury the dance was pre­dom­i­nantly prac­tised in or­der to en­ter­tain them­selves and also as a way of keeping their iden­ti­ties alive. Over time it fused with the Euro­pean dance styles, but most Africans still tried to keep their cul­ture alive as it is. How­ever, in the later years some of the moves had to be changed in or­der to suit the rules of the state they were brought to. One of the things that made African dance unique was the fact that it was al­ways poly­cen­tric i.e. each part or por­tion of the body moves to dif­fer­ent rhythms within the mu­sic. Th­ese move­ments are known as iso­la­tions in chore­o­graphic terms. Knees are usu­ally bent while per­form­ing an African dance as it is all about con­nect­ing with earth and de­riv­ing en­ergy from the ground. It has a range of hop, skips, jumps, and some very strong leg work that oozes thrust and re­sis­tance. African dance, like other dance forms does in­volve a lot of tech­nique and train­ing, which is helped by the drum­beats that serve as the essence of the dance form. In Oman, the Leg­ends Crew is one of the first to in­tro­duce this dance form to Oman in its stu­dios. Only for women, this class can be treated as a great work­out regime that can be both chal­leng­ing and fun at the same time. Founded in 2008, the Crew has its stu­dio in Mawaleh and holds classes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for hiphop and the Afro dance. Their ex­pert tu­tors have started their classes for women and teach ba­sic steps and tech­niques that can be tried by ev­ery­one.

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