Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Dance Fitness

Posted by SaraG on February 23, 2017


How many times have you thought to yourself, “this dance fitness class would be soooo much better if I actually liked the music?” I ask this because I have found myself ruminating on the idea during classes I have taken in days gone by and during my poor daughter’s hip hop classes. Why must we dumb down the tunes for fitness? So my girl Alix, now my hero, did something about it. She marched up to instructor (more likely shyly sidled up to her, but we’ll go with marched) and demanded (asked) that she put some Kpop into the mix.

Alix’s instructor is cool. She gets good music. She understands. And so, being a cool person, she immediately asked, “is Kpop a band?” I can only imagine how much that hurt Alix’s heart. I am sure she huffed in exasperation and said, “No, it’s a genre of music from South Korea, obviously” (not really, she probably smiled politely and said a kind and gentle ‘no’.) The instructor was, I am positive, all shock and awe at Alix’s knowledge of cool music from around the world and I know that she requested some recommendations. Put on the spot, Alix did exactly what I would have done (only probably with some modicum of civility that I would be unable to muster) and shouted “G-Dragon!”

It was a long week of anticipation. Would there be GD on the rotation moving forward? Which songs would she listen to? What would she like?

Fast forward to the next class and Alix was doing body waves to GD and Taeyang singing Good Boy. I am guessing that some of her closest work colleagues (it’s a workplace dance fitness class…we work for a health department after all) are now looking at her in a whole new light. I’m sure she sang along. I am so very sad I missed this glorious display. Or I picture it as glorious. I wasn’t there.

I might have to start going if they’re playing GD.

GD & Taeyang, Good Boy


  • Reply DBChen February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This is what I suggested to my cardio class instructor:
    Shinhwa “Venus”
    Jolin Tsai “Play”
    Rania “Demonstrate”
    Mamamoo “Mr. Ambiguous”
    Big Bang “Fantastic Baby”
    Lee Hi “1,2,3,4”
    Shinhwa “Brand New”
    Jolin Tsai “I”m Not Yours”
    Big Bang “Bang Bang Bang”
    History “Queen”

    I don’t know if she played any since I quit the class soon after

    • Reply SaraG February 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Love this! I’ll make sure Alix gets your list…these great ideas.

  • Reply fournier48 February 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    We started a Kpop dance class for some mamas and their kids. We let our teacher know what dances we want to learn each week, and even performed at the studio’s Winter show.

  • Reply Liz C February 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Hmm, I haven’t been able to find a K-pop dance class around, so now I’ll have to figure out how to crash the work dance class. I feel like I learned enough “Emergency Preparedness” lingo chatting up your coworkers that I could probably pretend to work there for at least 4 weeks of classes!

  • Reply humbledaisy1 February 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Although I am generally ethically against songs that call girls “babies” and “mamas”, you can’t go wrong with the Good Boy performance at the MAMA awards a few years ago. Also, FYI, there’s a Koop fitness channel on YouTube –

  • Reply humbledaisy1 February 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Koop fitness ( imagining C.Everett Koop leading this class!) would be way less attractive than Kpop fitness – darn autocorrect!

    • Reply SaraG February 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

      AC is my mortal enemy…careful if you end up ever texting me…I don’t mean to be offensive, my personal dictionary is just a jerk.

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