African Zumba Class w/ Kids

African Zumba Class w/ Kids

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No where else can you experience this. Try your hand (and foot) at some of the local styles: African Dance, Afro-Fusion, Kasi Jive, Pantsula, Kwela, Traditional Xhosa & Traditional Tswana. Prepare to break a sweat in this exhilarating aerobic experience.

Sofire has a one-of-a-kind flare and personality that makes you come alive. On one of your water breaks, Sofire will tell you his inspiring story of how dance and exercise got him out of a life as a gangster.*

The kids from Jika Madinga—the community-based org offering girls after-school dance programming—have so much talent, and such a desire to learn and connect. It’s a reflection of founder Thabisa and her colleague Thandiwe’s soft skills they’re transferring onto the girls—in addition to the insanely cool Afro-centric dance moves!*

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Experience Overview

No where else can you experience this. Try your hand (and foot) at some of the local styles: African Dance, Afro-Fusion, Kasi Jive, Pantsula, Kwela, Traditional Xhosa & Traditional Tswana. Prepare to break a sweat in this exhilarating aerobic experience.

Sofire has a one-of-a-kind flare and personality that makes you come alive. On one of your water breaks, Sofire will tell you his inspiring story of how dance and exercise got him out of a life as a gangster. *

The kids from Jika Madinga—the community-based org offering girls after-school dance programming—have so much talent, and such a desire to learn and connect. It’s a reflection of founder Thabisa and her colleague Thandiwe’s soft skills they’re transferring onto the girls—in addition to the insanely cool Afro-centric dance moves! *

* Entrepreneurs mentioned in the description are examples. Please contact SidebySide if you’d like a specific entrepreneur to drive this experience.

Important Context & Background

Registered Zumba instructors hailing from the townships are extremely rare, and are a special gift to the world and to their communities. The world is lucky to learn Afro-centric dance styles specific to the townships and moves borrowed from other African nations—and in such a fun and accessible way as the follow-the-leader method that is Zumba. Township communities—which are plagued by much higher rates of obesity than more affluent areas—are lucky to have an ambassador of healthy and fit lifestyles, and one that is cool and therefore also capable of inspiring at-risk children and youth who otherwise look up to negative role models who’ve managed to accrue wealth, like gangsters and robbers. Some instructors are very entrepreneurial, creating brands for themselves, producing content, offering their services at gyms, corporate functions, and beyond.

The local youth dance troupe that joins this experience is, likewise, a hugely important asset to the community. Parents of the children tend to work very late, or at least long past the children’s release from school. Unless the child is extremely ruly and she has a diligent grandparent supervising her, she is prone to spend after-school hours with age-mates out on the streets left to their own devices. This often results in experimentation with drugs & alcohol, petty crime, and even premature sex—not to mention neglect of crucial school work. The dance troupe is therefore a safe haven that promotes pro-social behavior between peers and offers positive role models (the adult leaders)—in addition to a physical, creative and spiritual outlet that is dance. Some dance troupe founders are also very entrepreneurial, finding unique models to raise funds. This includes ticketed concerts, public performing, partaking in festivals, gathering monthly fees from parents, and occasionally tapping into institutional and corporate philanthropy. Most troupes, however, are perpetually direly strained financially and therefore at risk of closing. This needn’t be so.

What to Bring (optional)

  • Comfy clothes
  • Comfy shoes
  • Deodorant
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen

What's Included

  • Venue hire
  • Music Speaker (small groups)
  • PA system (large groups)
  • Wireless mic system (large groups)
  • Small djembe drums to beat to the music (by request)
  • African textiles to adorn yourself
  • Hydration station
  • Mist spray bottles

Tipping (optional)

You're by no means obliged to tip. However, if you would like to, be advised the following guidelines:

  • R50 per experience participant is a small, but nonetheless appreciated contribution.
  • R250 per experience participant would be a very generous contribution, although larger contributions are also encouraged if you are able and willing.

    Please note the following:

  • SidebySide does not meddle in the finances of partner entrepreneurs, however does play a casual and respectful supervisory role, as any ally invested in other's long-term success would be.

  • This experience comprises multiple entrepreneurs/projects. The aforementioned tipping guidelines might see a 50% increase, and then be split between/among the participating entrepreneurs. In this case, please hand your tip to your SidebySide guide and he/she will ensure the proceeds are split between/among the participating entrepreneurs as agreed upon in adcvance by all parties.