Two girls from D.C. who developed a health style capturing the distinctive taste of the District are celebrating a enterprise milestone.
Danette “Dani” Tucker of Go-Go Fitness calls herself “an authentic Chocolate City born-and-bred go-go child.” ((*10*) Go Go Fitness)
This is a part of WTOP’s persevering with protection of individuals making a distinction from our neighborhood authored by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Read extra of that protection.
Danette “Dani” Tucker was 12 years previous when her father took her to her first go-go. She referred to her father and her uncles as “go-go heads,” in an interview with WTOP.
She stated they knew the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Tucker stated go-go is a part of D.C. tradition and in the event you reside within the space, you possibly can’t escape it. “I’m an authentic Chocolate City born-and-bred go-go child.”
She described a go-go as “pandemonium” — one massive block get together. “Somebody’s turning on some Chuck, all people simply received paid, any individual’s bringing one thing to the desk, we crankin’ all evening.”
Not solely does go-go’s instrumentation with congas make it distinctive, Tucker stated it’s additionally the decision and response. Tucker stated “Chuck concerned the viewers.” She insisted the viewers is simply as necessary at a go-go because the band, lead singer and conga gamers.
Tucker, who stated she’s been dancing for the reason that age of two (ballet, faucet, jazz), received the concept of placing health and go-go collectively when Zumba turned widespread.
She stated she was on the lookout for a health style that would incorporate go-go and she or he developed Go-Go Fitness in 2012 with enterprise associate Erica Berry Wilson. They are celebrating their tenth anniversary in enterprise this yr.
Tucker stated Go-Go Fitness has brought on some African American girls — who usually tend to undergo from persistent circumstances like diabetes, coronary heart illness and weight problems — to have a look at figuring out with totally different eyes.
“What we have been capable of do was to offer them a motive to maneuver and have enjoyable.” She stated members don’t see it as a exercise and usually tend to say, “I’m on the go-go. I’m having enjoyable with my sisters.”
And, one of many advantages is getting in form and dropping pounds. Tucker described her lessons as one giant neighborhood — with college students various from youngsters to older individuals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons have been on-line for a number of months earlier than changing into out there outdoors. She stated her college students missed the neighborhood really feel that in-person lessons offered.
Tucker stated she started on the lookout for parking heaps. They held lessons for a time within the parking a number of a Prince George’s County park, then moved to the car parking zone of Girl Fit in Upper Marlboro. Tucker stated, “After COVID, they wouldn’t allow us to return into quarantine if we tried.”
To discover out extra about the place lessons are being held or attend lessons within the DMV, go to Go Go Fitness’ Facebook web page.
Participants from one of many lessons held by Go Go Fitness. ((*10*) Go Go Fitness)