When we scheduled a family dance class with Uday Sathala, a Bollywood-style dance instructor, we were expecting lessons on how to shake our hips while mock-twisting light bulbs.
On arriving at Dancity studio in Causeway Bay, we were all pleasantly surprised to learn that his definition of the dance is actually a combination of bhangra, hip hop and Michael Jackson moves.
This combination of Indian and Western styles would be perfect for my 14-year-old daughter Ilya, who loves energetic beats, and for my 11-year-old son Arya, a young musical theatre performer who needs to learn some Moves like Jagger. Or at least like Shahrukh Khan. And perfect for ageing mothers seeking exciting ways to burn calories.
Uday moved here from Hyderabad in 2007 to introduce the dance styles of Bollywood and bhangra to Hong Kong. "Most of my students treat it as a keep-fit class," he says. "They can't believe how much they burn in a single session."
No kidding. One session had the three of us dripping with sweat. And though none of us fancy ourselves as dancing around trees in the next Bollywood flick, we found ourselves longing for more. After learning the basic moves in session one, we quickly signed up for sessions two and three.
Uday teaches a range of classes for adults and kids at several studios in Causeway Bay. You can also set up a private class at a studio of choice near your home. Tempting though it might be to dive right in, it's better not to start classes in the middle of a session. Taking a private or a semi-private class to begin with is a great way to get you dancing to the beat of the rhythm of the style.
Verdict: highly recommended. It's much more fun than doing crunches at the gym.
For information, visit ftbuday.com Classes range from HK$400 for a private session to HK$1,580 for a package of 20 classes