Learn how to dance like Beyoncé at Frame Shoreditch

A sold-out workshop at Frame Shoreditch taught me and a room packed with girls (and a guy) how to dance like Beyoncé. Sort of.

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We all knew Beyoncé was flawless, but no one in London as yet had thought to bring the Queen’s steps to those among us who haven’t been blessed with such talent. With a few simple routines, Frame’s amazing instructor, Cassius, gave us a piece of Bey pretending not to notice how much of a crap dancer everyone in the room really was.IMG_8842

That was part of the fun: we were all so bad at dancing that we thought we might as well just give it a shot and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Cassius made sure to include everyone and to split the packed class in four little groups, so that everyone could have the chance to cringe while watching herself dance in the mirror. And as if we weren’t total dancing trolls, he high-fived each and everyone of us after each dance. https://vine.co/v/Ojv6qWe6Ked/

The whole setting at Frame Shoreditch is really cool: a tiny gym under a railway arch with a bunch of organic and healthy food and drinks to choose from.  IMG_8836 IMG_8833

Starting with a warm-up to the beat of ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’, we then moved on to a power-walk (a.k.a. ‘The Beyoncé walk’) and a few steps with ‘Crazy In Love’. The hardest routine of it all was ‘Run The World’, that required a bit too much coordination for people with my limited skills. We finished the routines with ‘Grown Woman’ to then do our final stretch dancing to the rhythm of ‘Drunk In Love’. https://vine.co/v/Ojvrlbh5n3D/

Sure, there is only one Queen B and I didn’t go out feeling like I was any closer to Beyoncé’s flawlessness. In fact, what the class might have actually taught me is that I am NOT Beyoncé.But Frame Shoreditch came up with the perfect way to beat the January blues: a feel-good, upbeat workout that makes you laugh while you’re doing it and leaves you knackered afterwards. Bum, thighs and abs all work together… Maybe tomorrow I’ll wake up like this? beyonce-flawless-195765_w1000

Pictures and Vine by: Carolina Are, College Candy


 

Un workshop tutto esaurito alla palestra Frame di Shoreditch ha insegnato a me e a una stanza piena di ragazze (più un ragazzo) come ballare come Beyoncé. Più o meno.

Sapevamo tutti che Beyoncé è perfetta, ma nessuno a Londra aveva ancora pensato a rendere i passi della regina noti anche a noi comune plebaglia. Con poche semplici coreografie, il fantastico istruttore di Frame, Cassius, ci ha fatto mimare Beyoncé fingendo di non notare quanto fossimo pessime a farlo.

Il fatto che fossimo delle ballerine così pessime ci ha incoraggiate ancora di più a ballare come se non ci fosse un domani. Cassius ci ha divise in quattro gruppi, in modo che tutte avessimo la possibilità di guardarci allo specchio e vergognarci mentre ballavamo. E come se non fossimo sgraziate come poche, ha dato il cinque a ciascuna di noi dopo ogni ballo. https://vine.co/v/Ojv6qWe6Ked/

Frame Shoreditch è una palestra ultimo grido, piccola ma sotto uno degli archi della metropolitana, con un sacco di cibo e bevande organiche tra cui scegliere.

Iniziando con un riscaldamento sulle note di ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’, abbiamo poi ballato sui passi di ‘Crazy In Love’ camminando come Beyoncé. La coreografia più difficile è stata ‘Run The World’, che richiedeva un po’ troppa coordinazione. Abbiamo finito con ‘Grown Woman’ per poi fare stretching alla fine ballando ‘Drunk In Love’. https://vine.co/v/Ojvrlbh5n3D/

Certo, di Queen B ce n’è una sola e non credo di aver imparato neanche la metà della sua perfezione. Anzi, questo workshop mi ha solo insegnato quanto lontana sono da Beyoncé. Ma Frame Shoreditch ha inventato il modo migliore per sconfiggere la noia di Gennaio: un esercizio allegro e spensierato che ti fa ridere mentre lo fai, ma ti distrugge dopo. Sedere, cosce e addominali sono messi a dura prova… Magari domani mi sveglio così?

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Foto e Vine: Carolina Are, College Candy

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