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Dance Church Leaves Me
Praying For Rhythm

The Alphabet Adventures With Nancy Hubbell Fournier (pronounced Forn yay)

Journey along with our resident humorist Nancy as she embarks on unusual adventures from A to Z. With the alphabet as her guide to new experiences, Nancy rates her excursions as a “Fourn-Yay” or “Fourn-Nay.” 

LETTER “D”: Dance Church Leaves Me Praying for Rhythm

There’s a reason I didn’t make my junior high Drill Team. Perhaps the eagle-eyed volunteer advisor recognized the truth about me long before I did… I have no rhythm.

Over the years I have shunned aerobics classes where I’m expected to follow along with the perky instructor at the front of the room. Or if I did attend, I grabbed my mat and dashed for the far back corner to hide my inept flailing.

A friend always encouraged me to try attending group aerobic or step classes. “They have great energy, and you push yourself harder.” Yes, and she happens to be a former professional cheerleader who can follow choreographed steps in her sleep.

Waterbottle, tennis shoes and iPad


So, when Lisa Carey, the founder of Intentfully FiT, recommended I check out Go.DanceChurch.com for the letter D of my adventure column, I was hesitant. She assured me, “when my girls come home, we put this on, get a great workout, and have a blast.” Of course, Lisa is a former professional figure skater. So, there’s that.

When I realized I could participate from the comfort (and anonymity) of my home, I said I would give it a go. I donned my active wear and an 80s-ish headband to complete my ensemble. Suddenly I had flashbacks of “Body Buddies” where a buff couple in gold lamé leotards led a half-hour TV exercise class for LA housewives in the early 80s. I had a sneaky suspicion this experience would be a lot different.

Then I asked my athletic 17-year-old daughter to join me. “Not a chance,” she declared. Yes, she has inherited my dancing prowess. Instead, she sat on the couch in her pajamas and took pictures of me while I got my church on (Photo credit: Annalise).

Woman dances with hands on hips

Go.DanceChurch.com is a subscription-based platform that offers real-time and on-demand dance classes with a variety of instructors. It started as a Sunday morning movement class, but soon expanded to offer in-person classes in major US Cities. Live classes are still available, and now anyone can be a dancer at any time with the smorgasbord of on-line offerings from nearly two dozen instructors such as:

  • “Steamy Time with Joe Davis”
  • “Ticket to Ride with Maya Tacon”
  • “Midnight Disco with Tariq Mitri”
  • “Drop your Lemon with Kate Wallich”

Because I’m a beginner, I chose the more manageable-sounding class of “Arms and Core Realness with Dominica Greene.”

It was clear from the start that I was no match for Dominica. She was dressed in cool clothes, commanded the floor like it was a Broadway stage, and moved with the fluidity of someone who had the music in her.

Meanwhile, I moved liked someone who had the Metamucil in her. But whatever. I was in the moment. I moved and gyrated and planked and downward dogged and pumped and ignored all commands to “double time” it. Thankfully the class was about 20 minutes long, and I survived.

Woman reaches up in exercizes

During the class, Dominica kept up a friendly flow of conversation and was very human. She stumbled a bit and said, “I can’t even do that.” Maybe that’s where the Realness title comes from. Overall, it was a good workout and I couldn’t help but have fun as my daughter worked her own core by laughing heartily at my moves. Not that I can blame her.

Just for kicks, we tuned into some other classes where the dancing got serious. I was lost. Could I fake it and shake it? Sure. Would I do this regularly? Nope. Would I do this if my daughters joined along? Yes, because it’s good family fun and we’d likely laugh until we peed ourselves.

But until that day comes, give me a ball and a stick and let me play outdoor sports. Then we’ll all be happy.

It’s a wrap: (Please note: This adventure was fully paid for. This is not a promotion or partnership)

Fourn-YAY – If you’re a dancer, or just like the idea of an alternative exercise class, this is a great option.

Fourn-NAY – This was thankfully an in-home humiliation session. You won’t be seeing me buying a ticket for the in-person classes.

Dance Church not your idea of fun? Here are some other adventures that start with the letter D: Design House Tour, Dodgeball, Dragon Boat Racing, Disneyland (with no kids), Duffy Boat.

Got something fun on your bucket list I should try? We’d love to hear your suggestions at intentfullyfit@gmail.com

Nancy Hubbell Fournier montage of fun faces