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Posted on July 15, 2013

Fancy dancing in a fun “ballroom flashmob” at Dance Al Fresco in Regent’s Park on August 10? Then come along to Kele Baker’s flashmob classes on Monday evenings in Hammersmith, west London, to learn the moves.

The endorphin-pumping routine is based on easy-to-learn quickstep and Charleston moves from FitSteps, the new ballroom fitness system developed by Strictly Come Dancing‘s Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster. You don’t need a partner, and everyone is welcome. 

Dance Al Fresco organiser and FitSteps pioneer teacher Kele Baker will lead the flashmob classes with her trademark humour and enthusiastic teaching style. Even if you can’t make it to Regent’s Park for the flashmob itself, the classes promise to be fun and a great way to get a taste of FitSteps.

As for what to wear for the classes, athletic or casual clothing that you can move in freely and in which you willing to perspire a bit are recommended, as are trainers (either dance or regular) in which you feel comfortable swivelling and pivoting, since there is some jumping and hopping, though non-jumping modifications will be taught.

The flashmob classes run on Mondays from 6:45pm to 7:45pm, and cost £8 pay-as-you-go, or a £25 one-time payment for all four sessions.

The class location is the Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 9DH. See www.dance-inspiration.com for more details.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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