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What is Bokwa?

  • December 4, 2013
  • By Brittany
What is Bokwa?

Hi there!  Have you heard of Bokwa?  If not, then let me fill you in.  Bokwa could be the new Zumba!  That’s right people, brace yourselves.  We’ve got a new dance fitness craze on our hands! 

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a master class with Bokwa’s creator Paul Mavi at Z Club NY.  If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know two things about me: 1.) I will try almost any new workout that comes my way; and 2.) I love Zumba and other dance fitness workouts.  So when I hear there is a new dance fitness workout, you can imagine my excitement level!

First of all, let me tell you Bokwa has a cool and funky name and it’s a fitness class based on dancing but that is pretty much where the similarities between Bokwa and Zumba end.  Bokwa participants do not follow random dance moves created by the instructor but rather follow a pattern of letters and numbers that participants “draw” with their steps.  So for instance a C would mean the participant steps to the right, then left, forward and to the right again to create a C shape on the floor.  Other common shapes are L, 3, J and K.

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Once you have the basic shape down, you can feel free to add your own style to the moves.  You own the choreography and you can add whatever flair you want to the moves.  Of course you can always follow the instructor’s example but there is no rule that you have to do it exactly like them!

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Bokwa uses popular music from today’s top hits.  The class was not based on Latin dances and the music selection was made up of songs you might hear on the radio or in a nightclub.

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Thoughts: Bokwa was a lot of fun.  The instructors’ energy was amazing and I burned a ton of calories in this class! I would definitely do another class if I had the opportunity.  I enjoyed the music a lot and the steps were different and a fresh new take on dance fitness.  I think this class is perfectly suited for participants who think they can’t do a dance class because they have two left feet or are not coordinated.  It’s really easy to follow and you can add in your own style.  There are also options for high and low-intensity.

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If you are a hardcore Zumba or dance fan that loves choreography, this class may not be for you.  It’s not traditional in the sense that you will see a lot of dance moves you know and if you are looking for choreo, this is probably not the place.  That being said, you can still have fun and it is a great class to change up your routine! 

I uploaded these videos from YouTube so you can check out what Bokwa is all about!


Readers, have you ever heard of Bokwa?  Would you give it a try?  

By Brittany, December 4, 2013
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