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L.A class lets you dance your way to fitness, African-style

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Planning on starting an exercise regimen in the new year? There’s no time like the present.

Don’t make a face! Getting in shape doesn’t have to feel like work. There are countless ways to break a sweat in Los Angeles that don’t involve a treadmill or a gym membership.

Let me give you a for-instance:

Twice a week, Dance It Off studio hosts an African aerobic dance class designed to help you “get young like Benjamin Button.” Participants—who gather Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.—are led through dance routines set to traditional African music as well as salsa, R&B and hip-hop. Ten minutes of “Abs Attack” training tops off each session.

You only pay $5 per class, which is cheap in a city where many classes run $15. There’s another really cool thing about this African dance fitness class: You can take the whole family, because the session caters to three levels. Level one is perfect for beginners ages 9 to 14 and beginning adults aged 50 and over.

Dance It Off is located at 12834 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood.

For more information, visit the class website on meetup.com or call (818) 390-2052.

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