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Dance your flab away

- Newbie students groove to fitness steps

Does the treadmill induce a yawn? Does the cross-trainer make you cross? Try salsa, instead, to release happy endorphins and lose weight.

Inject fun in your fitness regime by putting on your dancing shoes, says Jamshedpur-based dance school Saptak at Old Circuit House Area. The 15-year-old institute started an innovative western dance programme for middle-aged fitness freaks.

Fancy footwork promises to keep boredom at bay. It promises — through ballet, jazz, salsa and hip-hop — fitness, flexibility and weight loss even in middle age. So, the tummy tyre that doesn’t melt and the flabby upper arms that don’t get toned, can now dance their way out.

Institute dance instructor Shounak Choudhary, trained by celebrity choreographer Terence Lewis, told The Telegraph that though there were around “13-odd dance schools teaching western art forms, the focus was on youngsters”.

“Though we’ve kept our entry level at 18 years, we want to cater to the middle-aged. Our aim is fitness through dance,” said Choudhary.

He added that the hectic 90-minute schedule or a “fusion of modern-day ballet, jazz, salsa and hip-hop” started with warm-ups for 15 minutes and ended with meditation.

The buzz is positive. Apart from city residents, six foreigners associated with Tata Steel projects joined class.

“Dance makes one sweat and lose weight,” said institute director Tiyali Mitter.

A newbie student, ING Vysya Bank branch manager Amit Mishra, agreed. “I went to a gym in Bistupur and did aerobics. But I like this unique concept,” he grinned.

Tiyali added that classes would be held every Sunday evening. “Dance is fitness and a social skill,” she summed up.

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