Get the Insider Scoop: Meet Aaliah

The best way to learn about the class is to hear from others, so we called in Aaliah Hartley, a BLOCK21 VIP and total badass. She is an amazing person and knows how to pop it on the dance floor!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Aaliah. I was born in Cape Town and raised in Miami, but have lived in Colorado for 18 years now. Crazy! As a future filmmaker, my passion lies in creating meaningful work that’s both artistic and impactful. I currently go to MSU Denver, where I created a degree in Film Production Studies, and work at Rocky Mountain PBS.

What do you remember from your first BLOCK21 class?

I remember how out of breath I was! I also remember how fun it was and thinking that this is my kind of workout. The fact that it incorporates dancing makes it so much more fun!

Do you have any dance experience?

Not really. My older sister was a professional breakdancer, so dance has always been something I really loved. But dancing usually consisted of me getting down at a party or letting loose in my room 🙂 

What is your favorite part of class?

My favorite part of class is dancing and sweating while doing it! It’s pretty much the whole experience of dancing with your own style and getting in a great workout at the same time.

Favorite B21 song?

There’s a bunch that I like, but if I had to narrow it down to a couple, I’m going to go with “Reverse” by Sage the Gemini and one of my newer favorites “GDFR” by Flo Rida. They’re those get hyphy songs!

What have you gained from taking BLOCK21 classes?

I think I’ve gained endurance and stamina for one! I also think it’s a great confidence booster! When you’re in the studio, you feel like a badass getting down to your favorite songs and knowing that you’re keeping in shape all the while.

Have you ever showcased your B21 moves on a dance floor?

Yes! I’m pretty sure whenever me and my best friend Shawn (who introduced me to BLOCK21) are ever at a friends house, a work party, or out at a bar, we always use it as an opportunity to showcase our skills or to teach someone else the moves! It’s so fun and slightly hilarious.

What would you share with someone who has never taken a class before?

Try it! You may be nervous at first, but as soon as you’re in the middle of it working it out, you’ll see what an awesome, intense and fun workout it is!! It’s a super fun thing to do with your friends, so bring them too 🙂 

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m so glad I tried BLOCK21 last year with my friend. It’s now a part of my weekly routine. I love looking forward to such a fun workout with my friends. You can’t help but feel amazing after this class!