Hip hop class, and a sexy one at that??!!
Um, not me – Tobi-Velicia Johnson!
We often say this, yet it bears repeating: The overarching mission of The Swirl World is to see Black Women living their best life.
To facilitate this, we encourage BW to get out of their comfort zones and try new things.
We’re pleased and happy to report many BW are doing just that. They’re living the life they love and loving the life they live.
One such BW is Tobi-Velicia Johnson, our Single of the Week and a member of our private Facebook group.
In today’s post, Tobi-Velicia shares a recent escapade: taking a MadHaus sexy hip hop class at Flirty Girl.
Here’s her report:
That’s What Friends Are For
“Ballet is my dance style of choice, but as promised, I went to the MadHaus class with a friend who braved her fears recently to take a ballet class with me. She had never taken a ballet class before, so the least I could do was attend a hip hop class with her.
Looking The Part
In preparation for the class, I decided that I needed to “look the part.” I couldn’t very well wear just a leotard and tights to a sexy hip hop class, could I? — or at least, not pink tights.
I selected a cute black leo with a pink bodice, some fabulous sheer patterned black tights, cropped black hoodie, short leg warmers, and hi-top Converse gym shoes. Hey, I may have been setting myself up to feel ridiculous attempting hip hop moves, but I was going to look fabulous while doing so! 🙂
Flirty Girl On Point
I arrived early at Flirty Girl. The decor was pink, black, and white. So far, so good–my favorite colors. I told the nice girl at the front desk that I would be a guest of a member, and she set me up with an account. While I waited, I surveyed the lobby. I glanced to my right and immediately noticed that there was a fully-stocked Flirty Girl WINE BAR!!! Very elegant, cool, and girly.
I turned left and saw that there was a Flirty Girl nail and hair spa. Another amazing concept for a girl’s gym. Once my account was set up, I proceeded to go to the dressing room.
The workout rooms, including the pole-dancing room, were spacious and gorgeous–everything in pink, black, and white. The locker room and bath facilities were beautiful and there were pretty pink towels available to use while working out.
Let’s Get This Hip Hop Started
My friend LaTonya arrived and we walked into the class together. She introduced me to the MadHaus instructor, Monique, who was friendly, welcoming, and fit. Monique explained basics of the class and told everyone to have fun.
The class started promptly at 9 am. Dance moves were slow at first and then the pace picked up. I was able to do most of the dance moves but I have to admit, I had a hard time doing simple jumping jacks during the warm-up. My body wanted to do sautés à la seconde with port de bras. The instructor told me to just “do what you feel.”
Hmm, Not Bad!
I worked up a good sweat during the cool and sexy dance combinations…and then glanced at the clock. OMG it was only 9:12 am!!! More than 45 minutes to go!
At 9:35 am, we had a break. My friend LaTonya did a “FB direct” video which I video-bombed by dancing in the background. I knew that anyone viewing the video would only see my face and not the booty-shaking I was doing.
Break was over and we continued the combination, a bit faster and a few more moves added. Toward the end of class, we did nice, slow stretches.
Even though MadHaus is not my style of dance, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I may even go back and try other classes.
Back That Thang Up!
OMG!!! I didn’t know that she didn’t immediately start back with the rest of the class after the break–she RECORDED some of it! There I was, in view of the whole entire world, “backing it up” for the camera!
All’s Well That Ends Well
All in all, I had a good time at Flirty Girl and I plan to go back sometime. :-)”
To connect with Tobi-Velecia on Facebook, click here.
Join in the Fray: What will you do this week to get out of your comfort zone?
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