Banghra Fusion is the new fitness sensation that allows Kingston locals to have a “bit of a laugh” and keep fit at the same time.
The new dance class is part of the ‘Dance4life’ brand that forms a portion of Kingston’s health intervention program under the ‘Change4Life’ banner.
‘Change4Life’ coordinator Nathan Isom explained that the main aim behind Banghra Fusion was to create a fully inclusive dance class that encouraged group activity with no added pressure.
He said: “The gym environment isn’t for everybody, but with this activity you wouldn’t really think it is exercise. We primarily play games, and people build up their fitness without even noticing.”
Banghra Fusion officially launched in September 2013. Members of the Tamil Elders community in Kingston that frequent ‘Dance4life’ Zumba classes asked for help in creating a dance routine for a performance in their community centre. After five consecutive weeks of rehearsals strong interest grew for regular Banghra style classes and Banghra fusion was formed.
The dance class is run by Bollywood dance instructor Maxine Phillips, who is pictured above (grey vest top) posing with the rest of the class members.
Banghra fusion’s £2.50 sessions are available every Friday from 12:30 – 13:30pm at Kingston’s YMCA Hawker Centre.