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Work out to an African beat

Posted: 08 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

Kukuwa African Dance integrates a blend of African 'soukous', Latin 'merengue' and Carribean 'socca'.

IMAGINE being transported to an exotic African expedition with the "agbaja", "hiplife" and "soukous", moving your body to the beat of an African drum, and working out muscles you didn't even realise you had!

From the sound of the first beat, you will find yourself immersed in the dance, your body pumping to a synchronised blend of African rhythms. Combining a little boogie woogie with jump-hopping, Kukuwa African Dance is not only infectious, but also addictive.

Introduced by Celebrity Fitness Malaysia, the first Kukuwa African Dance class in Asia is designed to improve one's body and health in general.

By integrating a blend of African "soukous", Latin "merengue" and Carribean "socca", Kukuwa African Dance works effectively by targeting your cardiovascular system while improving your fitness level, and of course, providing you with great fun while working out.

Perfect for cardio-conditioning and body toning, this class is tailored for people from all walks of life.

With a little touch of Caribbean flair, this low impact, high energy class will get your heart pumping and build up your stamina. Whether you are a novice, a seasoned dance enthusiast or a fitness freak, you will certainly want to jump into the African groove as it engages most of your core muscles, including arms, waist, hips, legs and various other muscles in your body.

"At Celebrity Fitness Malaysia, we firmly believe that a great workout is about experiencing the exceptional, and hence, we believe that our members will definitely benefit from the addition of Kukuwa African Dance classes into our fitness schedules – no longer does one need to travel all the way to Africa to learn the African dances... you can now pick up some exotic African moves by popping in to the nearest Celebrity Fitness outlet," said Krishnan Malhotra, country group fitness manager of Celebrity Fitness Malaysia.

The founder and the creator of Kukuwa African Dance, Kukuwa Nuamah, made a special appearance during the launch in Celebrity Fitness Cheras Sentral Mall and showcased a few Kukuwa African Dance steps with her daughter and a group of Celebrity Fitness instructors.

"I am very happy that Celebrity Fitness Malaysia has taken the first step to introduce Kukuwa African Dance to this vibrant and colourful country, and I believe Malaysians will be very excited to join this class because this will be a whole new dancing experience that pumps your heart vigorously like never before. After all, Kukuwa African Dance is exactly what it promises to be – a great workout," said Kukuwa.

Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Kukuwa has been dancing since she was three years old. She is an internationally acclaimed African Dance Performer, Dance Choreographer, Fitness Dance instructor and a Certified Health Fitness Presenter and Examinar.

To top it off, she has been endorsed by Oprah in O magazine.

From her study of African "soukous", Latin "merengue" and Carribean "socca" over the years, she came up with the unique steps of Kukuwa African Dance.

Kris added: "Kukuwa African Dance is certainly a different twist for Malaysians. Many will be surprised with the intensity and excitement of this new dance workout, and perhaps may even be curious to find out more about African dance."

For more information, visit www.celebrityfitness.com.

Kredit: www.thestar.com.my

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