‘Tis the Season for Dancing

Are you ready for two Community Fitness dance parties this weekend?

‘Tis the season!

Agua E’ Lulo is on Friday evening, December 7th from 7:30-9:30 and will be hosted by instructors Nathalye and Maria who will bring their warm and welcoming energy for a dance party with Colombian flair.

Agua E’ Lulo is made up of three separate words, ‘agua’ (water) ‘e/y’ (and) ‘lulo’ (a fruit) and refers to a style of party that typically happens during the day and originated in Cali, Colombia during the 1970s.

Back in the day, Agua E Lulos were born as a result of under-aged teens not being able to enter bars and drink alcohol. They thus started organizing home parties, with drinks made out of lulo–a delicious, tropical fruit, very popular in Cali. Nowadays, Agua E Lulos are parties usually either on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, during the daytime, often in the afternoon. Another phenomenon that grew out of these parties was changing the speed on the Salsa records from 33 to 45 rpm. Muy rapido!

On December 7th, Nathalye and Maria will lead some dancing, offer light snacks and have DJ Reinier from La Clave Cubana on hand to spin tunes for us to relax, socialize and dance together. Reinier will play from the best songs of 2018 including some oldies, reggaetón, salsa and DJ’s choice. Baila! Tickets available here

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The Non-Stop Dance Party with Erica Dixon will be on Saturday night December 8th from 6:00-7:30 and will feature Erica’s mix of high-energy Soca, DanceHall and Hip Hop.

Erica Dixon is a visiting instructor from Durham, North Carolina. Erica is a well-known Zumba instructor/trainer, choreographer and founder/director of Unity Mas Band in Durham. Unity Mas Band is a community organization that brings the spirit of Caribbean (think Trinidad, Tobago, Dominica) carnival to the United States by producing parades and events. Carnival is an important cultural celebration for Caribbean people. Erica describes herself as a Carnivalista Fitness Expert.

Soca is an offshoot of Calypso and Soul music and also arose during the 1970’s. Soca is the music of Carnival in the Caribbean and indeed it never stops so expect a high energy master class with great music, pulsating rhythms and positive vibes.  More about Erica and the event here.

 

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