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A New Kind of Dance Workout: Why I Can’t Wait for BollyX to Get to LA

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Any Angelenos want to become instructors for the next hottest craze in fitness-dancing? Good, because I need you to sign up so I can take a BollyX class ASAP. I”m not joking.

I know I could go to Zumba. I know Zumba”s mega fun, but I’ve already spent years Salsa/hip-hop dancing. I want a new challenge — a Bollywood challenge.

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Photo courtesy of BollyX

But let’s back up: Five years ago, I had no idea what Bollywood was. Then, on a whim, I went to a Bhangra dance show (the style of dance that Indian Bollywood films draw from for their epic song and dance numbers). And within an hour, I was crazy in love.

The music was fast and incredibly fresh to my Western ears. And the dancing was even more enthralling — energetic, fun, aerobic, and meant for a lot of people. (I may or may not have spent 6 hours that night watching YouTube videos trying to teach myself Bhangra moves…)

If you want a taste of the full-bodied style of dance I witnessed that night, just watch this video of that dance group and go to minute 1:30. See what I mean?

Now, BollyX (which only launched in 2013) is growing fast and making these moves completely accessible to the Western public in the form of 50-minute aerobic dance classes.

As BollyX writes on their website:

“At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. We embody the infectious energy, expression and movement of Bollywood and aim to expand the reach of fitness to more people worldwide.”

In my humble opinion, I think they’re giving Zumba a run for their money.

Get a sneak peak of the full-body BollyX workout here:

Or, for those of you in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Richmond (VA), or New Jersey, check out a class, you lucky dogs. Those cities already have classes going strong. Don’t worry — we’ll forgive you for making the rest of us envious.

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