What's this? Auditions for the latest dance reality show?You have to be a professional, right?
No, I'm not a professional actually. I started out doing these classes two years ago.
Wow. she must be a natural.
Oooh, look at those moves. Surely she's a trained dancer!
Actually, no. My parents always made me get in front of everybody and dance, but, you know, this is just a really fun class.
Welcome to the Jam Class at Crunch fitness in Atlanta, Georgia. It's a cardio workout led by professional dancer and celebrity fitness trainer Michael Peel.
Michael Peele :
I think I give the opportunity for people to come in here and just feel like, just like a superstar.If you want to be a Beyonce, if you want to be a Neo or Usher or Chris Brown, you come in here and you do that.
Fueled by the popularity of reality shows like So You Think You Can Dance, hip-hop, jam and jazz classes are springing up in fitness centers around the country.
I get everybody. I get young, I get old. I get men and women. I get black, white, Asian, hispanicm whatever, and I tell everybody to come in and have fun.
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Of course I want you to get the moves, but don't concentrate solely on that. I just really want you to come in and have a good cardio workout.
Experts say the variety of movement can help motivate those who may be tired of the hum-drum workout.It's certainly worked for Ashley Baker. She's lost 30 pounds. Connie Lee lost 25.
I want everybody to know that if you have fun while you're working out, it won't be such a chore.
Well, it certainly looks like fun. But what if you just can't dance?
Get your butt in my class! No, just keep coming. There are people who come in here with two left feet. I go over it and over it. I'm going to get you til you get it.
I don't know I've tried to take these dance classes and I'm just not coordinated enough.
Everyone says that though when they first come.
Bust it out! You bust it out!
When I came in the class the first time I felt so uncoordinated, but he makes you want to come back and come back and get it right and get it right.
Yolanda Green dances with Mike 3 to 4 times a week, and doesn't miss a session.
Haha, oh yeah for me it's addictive! I'm like I gotta get to my class, I gotta get to my class, cause you feel like you're missing the next great move.