Out of Africa
You: It was time to blow the covers and body guards, and show some muscle.
M: And are you accomplishing your mission?
You: The desired outcome is imminent. I’m taking African Drum and Dance classes with the Badenyaa African Diaspora Dance Theatre. They have classes all over the islands and the two-hour sessions are hard-core, but so fun I hardly notice the workout.
M: I’ve never heard of African Dancing on Oahu. They must exercise discretion.
You: Not really, they’re just run ohana-style by a group of teachers who’ve been bringing the workout and amazing culture of African dance to the islands for five years. Classes are for anyone, beginner to expert, keiki to kupuna.
M: Ingenious. Tell me more about this operation…
You: The live drumming really gets your body moving. And dancing for two hours is no joke, especially since in the African style there’s lots of jumping and booty-shaking. The drum class is mega-arm-toning. And it only sets me back $10 a class.
M: We may have to change your code name.
You: How about Tiny Dancer?
Call Tai Hawkins at 808-277-7347 for class schedules and information. For a recording of North Shore classes, call 808-636-2092. Or, visit the African Dance and Drum- Hawaii Facebook group. [NOTE: the page contains only an outdated schedule.]
Photo courtesy African Dance and Drum – Hawaii