I grew up in Asia and African dance is not very common there. When I first tried an African dance class, I was at a loss. Good thing I had a really good instructor. Zen Nina is a master Afrovibe trainer. She has tons of classes available on demand at Hip Shake Fitness. Zen has helped me break down some basic African dance moves so you too can learn it.

What is Afrovibe?

Afrovibe is a fun and exciting way to burn calories. This dance workout uses African dance techniques that uses all your muscles and it even helps improve flexibility and strength. It honestly doesn’t feel like I’m exercising when I take a class, but I end up super sweaty after and feeling so good!

Side to Side Step

The first move you’ll learn from our Afrovibe 1, is the Side to Side Step. This combines stepping from side to side while you squat and move your arms. This seems like an easy move, but the more reps and the lower your squat goes, the more calories you burn, baby!

Knee in with Arms + Chest

This is a combination move. The first part of the move is the ‘knee in’ and for this you will also squat and move one knee at a time towards the opposite knee. The second part of the move is raising both arms like calling a touchdown and then lowering it while pumping your chest up and down. Practice makes perfect for this move, get the rhythm and the moves will come naturally.

Hip Rotation + Push Back

It’s all in the hips. This is a fun move that uses the whole body. You lead with your legs and hips and do a sexy little hip roll and then get aggressive with a jump up and push those arms back. I love the contrast of this move because the first half is almost sensual and the second half is so hard that it lets you get creative with your own flavor.

5 Minute African Dance Tutorial

Now you’ve learned a few moves, try the 5 minute dance tutorial below.

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