Gathered each Tuesday evening, a group of women come together weekly to workout and bond … through line dancing.
Long gone are the days of the Electric Slide, these women of different ages and backgrounds are moving and grooving to the latest hits from rapper Lil’ Wayne’s “6 ft. 7ft” to British soul singer Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and even gospel stars Mary Mary’s “Walking.”
Together they are known as the Mind, Body & Soul Dancers (MBSD) and together they are changing their lives.
“Line Dancing is good for your Mind, Body & Soul. I don’t say that just because it’s the name of my group. It truly does keep your Mind sharp, helps get your Body fit and active, and the social bonding and friendships that are created is very nourishing to my Soul,” Nzinga Khalid, founder of MBSD, said in a recent Facebook post.
Khalid and her MBSD members inspire people to find something they love and live it everyday to be healthy.
The group has been together for a year. Coming together for class on Tuesday and Thursday nights and even on select Saturdays when they hold special line dancing workshops. They also host and participate in local and national line dancing parties and showcase their skills at various community events and festivals.
They are encouraging people to join them in the fun where improving cardiovascular health, getting fit, meeting new people all while dancing is guaranteed. For this workout there are very few requirements: there is no age limit and no partner required; both men and women are welcomed and participants can dress comfortably.
Classes are held on Tuesday evenings at Terri Lynn’s on Bradley, 4740 W. Bradley Rd. at 7 p.m. and Thursday evenings at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (WAAWC), 3020 W. Vliet St. and begin at 5:30 p.m. Classes are $7 for adults and $3 for children; monthly passes are also available for $20 for adults and $10 for children. This coming Saturday, August 20, the MBSD will host a Saturday Workshop at the WAAWC. The cost for this three-hour session is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Most impressive, on Saturday, September 10 MBSD will celebrate their one-year anniversary of getting fit and having fun with an Autumn Breeze Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held at Terri Lynn’s on Bradley from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.
While MBSD have been “getting fit and having fun” for a year, for them the group is so much more. As one MBSD member put it, “MBSD builds bridges where none existed before. Allows strong friendships to flourish and become unbreakable.”
MBSD members have danced together, prayed together and celebrated together, but their journey has just begun. The best is yet to come.
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