What happens when you hear that Beyoncé's choreographer is coming to town and will be teaching at a dance workshop? You get yourself together and get there, praying you will to be able put in the work and keep up, that's what!
Yesterday, as the nation celebrated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the WonderTwins presented a full-day dance workshop called "Sauce, Slay and Service" that featured classes taught by professional choreographers and dancers. It wasn't just a day off, it was a day ON! Proceeds went to victims of Hurricane Matthew and we also brought nonperishable foods to the event to donate. What a wonderful day of service it was... full of terrific energy and talented movers. I told myself I wanted to make more time for attending dance classes this year and this was a great first class to start 2017 off with. The last time I took a class this challenging was in 2011, only months after I had moved down to Carolina, when Willdabeast was dancing with T-Pain during Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. Tour; and he and Tre Holloway taught at Studio RUSH in Charlotte, NC. It was my first advanced-level class, but I remember leaving feeling inspired by Will's words to me, "...KEEP DANCING!"
I was rusty, am getting older, and might possibly be less fit than I used to be (I also feel this way even more... an entire day later and in every bone and muscle of my body-- now able to sympathize with the "leg day" aftermath stories weight trainers often make a fuss about lol), but I am determined to keep dancing! I was already sore from having yoga the day before, so I knew it was real when I committed to taking three back-to-back classes-- that's chair pose variations one day and intense lunged movements, floor work, and pop and drops the next (by the middle of the second class, I was sure I was going to drop dead smh)! However, I'm so glad I could attend and made it to the end; no pain, no gain. I really appreciate the organizers for putting everything together! It was a lot of fun and an extremely great workout. Footage from parts of all four classes (in order from last to first) are below for your enjoyment (and no, I was not dancing in any of these selected groups-- I was on the side practicing/recording/trying to catch my breath/getting a sip of water/etc.)!
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