Banbury dance fitness classes go global during lockdown

Banbury dance fitness company, Groove Aerobics, has found itself with worldwide audience since the lockdown started.
Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)
Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)

Its online lessons are attracting hundreds if not thousands from around the globe to some of its sessions.

Due to the current lockdown from the coronavirus outbreak Daniel Browne, the founder of Groove Aerobics, has been doing classes on Facebook live with his family members; brother, sister, fiancee, dad and mum all getting involved.

Daniel, who found the dance fitness company in 2014, said: "Since being online we've expanded to a global audience, reaching thousands of people from the USA, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Australia, Fiji, Spain, Germany, Bahamas, Poland Portugal etc.

"It's been really heartwarming getting the feedback from people who we are helping to 'keep sane'."

The classes offer people a way to not only keep fit during the lockdown, but a way to do it at their own pace from their own home.

Daniel added: "Groove Aerobics is a dance fitness company that aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our 'Groovers'.

"It is a class that fuses different styles of urban dance with amazing songs, old and new; from Tina Turner to Bruno Mars.

Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)
Daniel Browne, founder of Groove Aerobics (photo by Rebecca Moyce)

"We create an atmosphere that is incredibly enjoyable and addictive. You 'groove your way to fitness.' (That's our slogan).

"We are a family company making an impact in our communities through dance fitness. We provide classes for all ages and abilities, keeping everyone active, in a fun and energetic environment."

Groove Aerobics offers free online classes at the following times throughout the week:

- Groove Aerobics: Monday and Wednesday and Friday - 9:30am and 6pm

- Groove Resistance: (higher intensity) - Tuesday - 9:30am

- Groove Lite: (lower intensity ) - Thursday - 9:30am

- Groove challenges/tutorials for all ages (pre - recorded)

To join them and get grooving, all you need to do is like and follow their Groove Aerobics Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/GrooveAerobics/ and join in live at the scheduled times.

While the classes are completely free the dance company has not gone unaffected by the lockdown.

Daniel added:" Despite taking a financial blow, and being a small business, we still saw more value in uplifting our community through what we do.

"As safe as it is to stay home, it's also just as important to stay fit and healthy both mentally and physically, especially those with underlying health issues who can't even enjoy a walk outdoors."

They set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to help the dance fitness company during the lockdown.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the Groove Aerobics fundraising campaign see the following web link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-groove-aliveDaniel said: "This is not just to maintain what we already do, but to help us to be a stronger company on the other side of this lockdown; being able to do more and give more to the communities we are in and more importantly, expand and get every community grooving.

"Keep The Groove Alive. We're dancers and we love what we do! So we will continue to stay home, stay safe and stay grooving."

Banbury resident, Ryan Johnson, has found himself surrounded by 'Groovers' since the lockdown started.

Ryan said: "For the past month I have watched my girlfriend and heard of my mother, father, aunts, Nan and friends taking part in a live streamed ‘free’ fitness class delivered by Banbury resident - ‘Dan Browne’. He delivers a 40 minute fitness class from his back garden/living room with his entire family taking part in the background (morning and night).

"A local and dare I say better Joe Wicks – with an insane amount of energy, enthusiasm and passion for what he is doing."

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