good+good Club Coach of the Month it’s about giving you small workouts that fit into your daily schedule. And while we normally launch weekly sessions of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, or yoga workouts, this week we’re shaking things up. In this episode, dance educator Kiné Camara takes you through a 20-minute afro groove dance routine to shake up your workout routine and get those feel-good dance endorphins flowing.
True to its name, Afro dance refers to a playful, energetic rhythmic movement style that originated in Africa. And even if you’re new to this beat, don’t worry: Camara has you. “If you’ve never done afro dance before, don’t be afraid! Let’s…[be] covering some fundamentals and techniques for you to feel like a star today,” she says.
Like all forms of dance, the afro rhythm of Camara includes significant physical and mental benefits. “Physically, dancing is a full-body workout that allows you to move every muscle in your body,” Sadie Kurzban, founder and CEO of 305 Fitness, told Well+Good. “Through dance, you also get the added benefit of connecting your brain to your body. You’re learning a lot of coordination, agility, neuromuscular control and balance, the kind of skills that help you in any kind of athletic setting, but also definitely help you as you age to preserve your memory and daily function.”
Plus, learning choreography and moving to the beat might even give you a “dancer’s high” thanks to all those free-flowing happiness chemicals known as endorphins.
If you’re ready to experience this routine for yourself, go ahead and press play on the video and let Camara be your Afro dance guide.