It’s time for another episode of “Trainer Trials,” our new video series in which I try out various fitness activities in hopes of finding one or more that I don’t hate. (That sounds negative. I’m just really good at finding excuses not to work out, so in order to keep the ol’ ticker healthy, I need a semi-regular fitness routine that is at least half as enjoyable and fun as, say, drinking wine and organizing my sea shell collection.) The amazing Zuta Gilchriest from Crunch Gym came by The Frisky video studio to give me and Jessica some private Zumba tutelage, and, well, booties were poppin’. (Watch above!) Zumba combines dance styles like salsa, merengue and soca, with standard workout moves like lunges and squats, all to the tune of various Latin and world beats. I know, I know, we’re making it look easy – but it’s not. Embodying the spirit of Sasha Fierce works up a sweat, you guys. I don’t know that I feel confident enough yet in my skills, but perhaps after a few more classes, I’ll be bustin’ out that towel move at the clurb. Look out!
Twerking. It’s the “Dougie” of 2013, the Macarena of the zeitgeist. It also appears to be a very popular YouTube extracurricular activity — and not just amongst the Miley Cyruses of the world. This Huffington Post Comedy video sets a bunch of twerkin’ dudes to the sweet sounds of classical music. It really elevates it, don’t you think? [Huffington Post]
You may remember Karen Cheng as the former Microsoft exec who resigned from her job a few years ago via a song posted to YouTube called “Bye, Bye, Excel and I.” So what has she been doing since quitting her job? Teaching herself to dance, man. Cheng has posted this amaaaaaaazing YouTube video of her journey which concludes in an insanely awesome performance in a San Francisco train station. Seriously, it’ll blow your mind and inspire you to take a dance class or two yourself. Check it out above!
J-Sette is a dance style that emerged out of southern female African-American step teams, but has now become somewhat more pervasive. You can see elements of it in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, with its mix of super precise and tightly choreographed moves, done with grace and flair (Beyonce always gets accused of, um, “borrowing” from different styles). J-Setting is super popular in southern African-American gay clubs, but it’s not without its dilemmas. According to Philadelphia choreographer Jumatatu Poe, finding venues that will accept a squad of guys J-Setting can be difficult. “The guys practicing J-Sette are, to a certain extent, limited in terms of where they can dance,” he said in a 2012 interview. “[They] wouldn’t be in the stands with the majorettes at sports games because it’s not typically accepted.” This crew is called the Prancing Elites, and they’re based out of Mobile, Alabama, and they are straight up amazing.
Click through to see another video of the Prancing Elites performing at a Mardi Gras celebration!
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Guys, I think I just watched the most astoundingly beautiful and moving “So You Think You Can Dance” audition ever. The show is back for its 10th season, and on Tuesday night’s episode, Hampton “Exorcist” Williams — who you will probably remember from season nine — ended up auditioning for the show with his girlfriend and adooooorable daughter, who share his unique style of dancing. What you’re about to watch is possibly one of the most powerful and inspiring things I’ve seen on TV. Like, I was a bawling mess. So good!