SH'BAM is taking over Dubai! A simpler dance form that uses chart topping music to burn 500 calories in 45 minutes is taking the place of Zumba.
Using club, chart and hip-hop, SH'BAM promises to burn over 500 calories a session.
Marie D’Souza, a 50-year-old Indian mother of 2 said: "We don’t have a fixed pattern. Our trainer choreographs new moves and just the other day, we even danced to the Gangnam Style. You don’t have to be a good dancer. In fact, you don’t have to be a dancer at all."
Each 45-minute class features 12 different tracks produced every 3 months with new music and choreography. Each track with unique choreography is meant to showcase a stand-alone dance routine.
Introduced to the world by New Zealand fitness company Les Mills, SH’BAM is still fairly new in Dubai with only a few places including Talise Fitness at Madinat Jumeirah and Fitness First offering it.
"It’s definitely more enjoyable because it’s got more movements. I have done Zumba for a while in the past and now I have attended a couple of SH’BAM. I can see the difference," says Shubhomita Dhar.
"Zumba is all about hip movements and footwork, but SH’BAM is easy to follow steps with more jumping involved which can sometimes make it more intense," says Roehl Margallo, the senior group exercise manager at the BurJuman Fitness First center.