shake it up. shake it out. shake it off.
Founded in 2012 by dancer and choreographer Namaala Liebenthal, Zoca® is a unique new take on dance ﬁtness that has quickly taken Southern Africa by storm. Inspired by the colourful carnivals of the Caribbean and the new boom in African pop music, Zoca brings together these two rich cultures to create a highly eﬀective and exhilarating workout aimed at not only improving strength, muscle tone and endurance but conﬁdence and body image as well. Zoca goes beyond other forms of dance ﬁtness by setting a combination of challenging and fun choreography to music that travels from the streets of Trinidad & Tobago to the nightclubs of Zambia.
The mantra sums Zoca up in three simple phrases: “Shake it up, shake it out, and shake it oﬀ,” which is to say, “dare to do something different today, shake the stress and tension out through a high-energy class, and ultimately shake it [the weight] oﬀ.” Unlike any other ﬁtness class, Zoca instructors traipse through local nightclubs and street performances for their inspiration bringing together a truly diverse mix of sounds and styles. Thanks to an ever-evolving stream of fresh music and moves, class-goers or Zocanista™ as they’ve come to be known, leave every class feeling liberated, rejuvenated and eager for more.