Get your dance on at the Kenya dance academy

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Kenya Dance Academy (KDA) is giving a chance interested parties of all ages, to learn how to dance either professionally or just for fun but not only that, dancing is also a way of improving brain functionality as a research found out.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled; Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly found that stimulating one's mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. It also increases cognitive sharpness at all ages.

At the KDA, they teach different dances styles from hip hop, Lingala to salsa among others. They have even created their own dance called Balagwa. “It is a fusion of traditional African dance with chacha,” said Jermaine Nickson, who is in charge of the operations and communication at the Academy.

The dance students usually choose the dance genre that they would like to specialize in. “First we have to start from the basics which includes; stretches, a little theory on the different dance styles then after we let them choose the type of dance genre they would like to specialize in.”

There are two different types of dance classes; professional and for who just want to have fun. “For those who want to just have fun or lose weight while dancing, the classes last up to three months,” he said. “At the end of the class, they are usually given a certificate.”

The professional dance classes are a one year course because they must learn all the steps for their preferred dance genre perfectly. At the end of the classes, they are given a certificate and are given job at the Kenya Dance Academy as a dance instructor.

“Most of the instructors that are the Academy were once students here,” said Jermaine.

Every dance class has two instructors present any usually last up to two hours. They also provide private lessons.

Other than teaching dance, KDA also perform in corporate events and national events.

For more information about their charging fees, one can contact them on; 0718522874

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