An afro dance combo that anyone can learn

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The last eight beats of this Afro dance combo “are all about vibes,” says instructor Kiné Camara. “It’s about having fun, it’s about that moment of celebration.” But seriously, who cares when the vibrations are so strong?

Camara is the Well+Good Trainer of the Month for September and offers a weekly Afro Dance Masterclass. In the first week, she taught us some of the common dance moves from across the African continent, so she may want to check out that video if she’s new to the art form.

This week, Camara leads us in a full-body combo. You’ll be squatting and lunging, but you won’t even realize it because these common strength moves are just part of a flowing dance routine full of energy and attitude. “Even when you’re doing something that’s a little bit simple, or that feels even more like being fit, when you’re dancing you have to bring some energy and feeling,” says Camara.

A combo might sound intimidating, but Camara breaks down each count of eight in various ways so that the phrases become building blocks that you can assemble. His words of wisdom from her? Don’t be intimidated into trying something new.

“If you’ve never done choreography before, it’s a new skill, it’s a different skill, it’s different from being a great dancer because you’re memorizing things in a sequence,” says Camara. “So I hope this makes it more digestible for you.”

Spending time dancing will do more than exercise your body. It turns out that dance specifically taps into the parts of your brain that generate warm, fuzzy feelings.

“The act of dancing can unconsciously remind people of how they felt other times when they were dancing, like at their prom, wedding or with their friends because it activates the part of the brain where emotions and memory are stored,” Kristin Sudeikis , the founder and creative director of dance studio Forward_Space, previously told Well+Good.

Check out Camara’s routine and you’ll get those good vibes flowing in no time.

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