4 Dance Moves To Bust Out At Your Next Indian party or wedding
By Sarina Jain, fitness columnist
With all the bright bold colours, the mehendi ceremony, the warm love vibes in the air and amazing food, I’m a sucker for Indian weddings and parties! Once you attend an Indian event, you will be a sucker for them, too–and when it’s time to get on the dance floor at the reception, I’m the first on there.
As a fitness instructor, I taught Masala Bhangra classes throughout most of my pregnancy.
During my workouts, I use an easy-to-follow format known as the 32-count, which, in the fitness industry, is a format to follow the music in four 8-counts to put together fun choreography.
Whether it’s at an Indian wedding, with one of my workouts or freestyle dancing in your living room, my mission is to always get people to move! Never underestimate the power of dance and never be afraid to get out there at a wedding or in a classroom and try.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to dance. Some might think that because I’m a professional fitness dance instructor, that it’s easy for me to take over the dance floor. But anyone can get on the dance floor and do these easy, quick moves inspired by my Masala Bhangra workouts!
The Masala Bhangra workout is a perfect segway into dancing at a South Asian party or wedding.
Here are 4 easy, fun moves to get you started. You’ll be a dancing pro in no time.
- Basics: Opposite Hand, Opposite Foot
This is one of my favourite moves. All you have to do is kick one foot out in front of the other then take the opposite hand of the foot that’s out to coordinate. So, take your right hand out and left the foot out simultaneously. Then take your left hand out and right foot out simultaneously. Repeat. Lift your shoulders up and down for added effect.
2. The Bhangra Slide
This move is kind of like the Indian electric slide! Move from left to right, softly bend your knees and raise your shoulders up and down to the beat of the music.
3. The Change The Lightbulb
If you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding, you’d know that the dance floor can get pretty crowded. Sometimes there’s not a lot of space to move around. This move is perfect for those moments! Raise your arms, pretend you’re changing light bulbs, and raise your shoulders up and down. Move your hips for added effect.
4. Dhol Beat
Once you have the change the light bulb move down, take it up a level and hit the drums! With this move, all you need to do is angle your body 90 degrees on your right side, lift your right knee up and tap your right foot to the ground. Pretend there is a drum set a few inches away from your knees and use your hands to bang on it with 4 counts and then move to the other side and put your arms up for 4 counts.
Remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Come with a positive attitude, keep moving and have fun! If you need a little extra guidance, check out my Masala Bhangra workouts or find a live class near you to learn how to dance and stay in shape!
Here are some more videos as inspirations.
Also, check out some videos on my Facebook page for ideas!
Happy Holiday and Wedding season! Belle! Belle!
What are some of your favorite moves to do at an Indian wedding? Share them with me in the comments!
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