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'Pop-up' dance classes encourage body positivity

Katie Scotcher
(Left to right: Clair Thomas, Abby Damen and Lesa MacLeod-Whiting)   Kat Lintott

Three Wellington women are hoping to bring a new alternative fitness class to Christchurch permanently.

Shut Up & Dance, founded by Abby Damen and Lesa MacLeod-Whiting, is a fitness class that teaches students routines inspired by films and music videos. 

Damen, MacLeod-Whiting and Creative Director Clair Thomas held two 'pop-up' lessons in Christchurch on Monday night and are hoping to make the body positive classes a permanent fixture in the city. 

Clair Thomas said they had a lot of support already and ran an extra class in Fendalton on Monday because the first sold out so quickly. 

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Photo supplied: Abby Damen

The adult only class gives people the opportunity to learn their favorite Beyonce, Michael Jackson and Spice Girls' dance moves in an environment that encourages people to focus on how they feel not how they look, said Damen. 

The women said their classes were different to anything else out there because it was a dance class and comedy gig all in one.

The classes take place throughout the week in Wellington and Auckland.