Jazzart Dance Theatre classesJazzart Dance turns motion into enlivened exercise as the New Year dawns, and with it comes new thinking, new promises and a renewed commitment to getting into shape.

While New Year resolutions burn brightly at the beginning of the year, it’s often hard to stay the course as real life sets in and we find ourselves back into the same old habits.

Once sure way to maintain the desire to do something about your health and to get into shape and up those fitness levels, that is both fun and stimulating, is dance – and Jazzart Dance in particular.

JAZZART evening classes
Jazzart evening classes

Evening dance classes for the whole family

Cape Town based Jazzart Dance Company has created a series of evening dance classes for the whole family, all shapes and sizes and fitness levels – to tune up the groove. The award-winning contemporary dance company is on a mission to help South Africans get fit, as well as providing a safe space for people to express their inner most emotions – all through movement.

Dance may be a scary thought for self-doubting beginners, but Jazzart’s welcoming approach to a physical workout provides a safe space for exploration. “When we say we welcome everybody we mean just that” says Ananda Fuchs, Jazzart dance teacher, who together with Sifiso Kweyama, the artistic director has been teaching beginners and those with a bit of experience for some years. Fuchs believes dance to be an incredible discipline that can be learned at any age. “We take it easy (to start with), almost anyone can benefit from one or two classes a week” she adds.

Enhancing health and athleticism

The dance classes are not only about trimming down, it is about changed lives – enhancing health and athleticism while using a rewarding system that satisfies both one’s interior and exterior world.

The professional teachers utilize the fluidity of choreography to enable one to capitalise on beautiful movement, and this focused exercise can “invigorate the dancer’s energies and interrogate their inner connections,” interjects Kweyama.

Male and female school-going dancers, adults and anyone who wants to add the art form to their extracurricular activities are encouraged to join in, as well as those who have been shy about their body shape, fitness level, or co-ordination.

The benefits of Jazzart dance classes include building core strength, firming muscles without bulking up, improving balance and co-ordination, losing centimetres and kilos, stepping out of your comfort zone – basically learning something new and improving mental health and flexibility, increasing energy levels, meeting new people and expressing yourself like never before – owning the moment!

The classes take place at the Jazzart studio RR552 at Artscape on Mondays from 5.30pm to 6.45pm for beginners, Tuesdays from 5.30pm  to 6.45pm for Intermediate/advanced dancers. Saturdays at 10am to 11am for kiddies and continues for teens at 11.15am to 1pm.  A class costs R80 per adult and R70 per child. Packages also available at R350 for five classes, R650 for 10 classes and R720 for Saturday classes per term. To book your lesson email dance@jazzart.co.za or call on 021 410 9848.

What: Jazzart evening dance classes
Who: Jazzart Dance Theatre
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Jazzart Dance Company: www.jazzart.co.za