What to expect
- Learn the techniques of West African drummers in this introductory class
- Practice basic rhythms and as well traditional West African rhythms
- Learn how to play the djembe and the dunun
- Explore the music of another culture
About this Activity
Note: No experience necessary.
|Price||$12.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||75 min|
|Rating||12 positive reviews|
Harin G.Oula Dance May 1, 2017
My coworker friend had been raving about the classes she attends and finally convinced me to meet her for Oula on Sunday morning. I was very reluctant as my previous experiences of Zumba give me flashbacks with my arms flailing and my body out of control as I try to keep up with the instructor and classmates running from side to side.
Oula was SO FUN! It's to the top hits on the radio with fun and easy to follow moves that get you sweaty and smiling. 50 minutes flew by! I bought the group before I went and I'm excited to give the other classes a try.
The instructor Janessa warmed me as a timid new attendee with a big warm smile and she had another instructor attending her class and she really added to the fun of the environment as well.
Liz W.Zumba July 26, 2016
I was first introduced to owner Eric Wilson through Barre classes he taught at a local gym. I really appreciated that he was not only very knowledgeable (extensive fitness & dance background) but that he took the time to make sure everyone had good form and motivate us (with awesome music mixes) to push but only to the point of not over-fatiquing or injuring. His care and fun demeanor has carried over to his Compfit dance studio where he continues to teach Barre, plus Boot Camp and Lean & Tone. The other instructors (I've taken Zumba, Oula, and Latin Dance Party classes) are equally as great. I love the fact that everyone has been so welcoming, that the studio has wood floors and great ventilation, and that there is a variety of classes to get my cardio and strength training on. Plus, I get a free fitness evaluation every 8 weeks w/my monthly membership to keep me on track. ;) I can honestly say I look forward to my workouts! Also, there is free street parking, or you can park in the nearby Post Office lot after 6p close M-F when streets get a bit more crowded.
Jillian V.Zumba June 26, 2016
This place is awesome! I'm a ballet dancer and for years have been supplementing with hot yoga, but even with all of my flexibility I find I am still losing strength in my core and upper body. This studio offers the perfect high energy cardio workout I need to get my shoulders and arms moving without having to bulk up or go the cross fit route. All of the classes offer a fun, approachable routine with inspired instructors who keep the energy moving for the full 50 minutes. I highly recommend this studio for anyone looking for cardio or moderate strength training.
Sarah M.Oula Dance June 11, 2016
Classes are pretty good. It didn't leave me dripping in sweat, but it did get my heart rate running. The boot camp class is good and goes by fast. I'd say it's excellent for beginners and intermediate levels. Of course with heavier weights and different positioning, you can benefit from a harder workout. The instructor (Eric) gives different options for varying levels of difficulty. He's very personable and attentive, and wants to make sure you're getting a good workout.
Oula classes are fun if you like to dance- the moves are fun with jumps, shoulder grooves, and shakes. It's a totally different style say, compared to Zumba, as it's more pop style. (don't know how else to explain it!) I've taken this class with two different instructors, and I like the one instructor who goes over some of the moves before starting the song. She also verbally/physically cues when the moves are coming up which is helpful for people that don't know all the dances by heart.
I've been in classes as little as 2 people including me, to a room full of ladies. Street parking is easy, and the farthest I ever had to park was a block away.
Shelbey L.Oula Dance August 9, 2015
This studio is great! I loved trying the Oula and Oula Power class. Janessa has awesome, positive energy. I'm looking forward to trying other classes.
Arianna A.Zumba July 28, 2015
Tried a boot camp class and loved it! Eric has such a great energy and definitely made boot camp fun. He is really good about modifications if you are worried about levels.
Peyro L.Oula Dance April 8, 2015
Melange of jazzercise/aerobics set to top radio hits. The songs aren't always heavy beats so you end up grooving to a song like Stuck Like Glue which I dare you to dance to without a smile on your face. Oula instructors also tend to attend each other's classes so it's like constant cheering/high energy.
Peyro L.Zumba April 8, 2015
Leanne's dance class is Top40-heavy with occasionally fancy footwork that keeps it fun and stimulating. Unlike other Zumba classes I've taken that are very strictly follow-along, she will break down steps before a song which I think people appreciate.
All this said, it is a small studio, which means:
1. Space for ~18 people/class max so sign up online to reserve a spot (esp for Zumba and Oula)
2. Show up at least 10 min early to help class start on time because instructors reconcile their own sign-ins
3. There's no real indoor waiting area
4. The maximum dumbbell weights are currently 10 lbs (so don't expect some Crossfit-level workout) but he's talked about getting heavier ones.
5. It is a studio that's in the process of growth. I'm excited to be a part of its evolution!
TL;DR: Great variety of classes for variety of age ranges and fitness levels. Try it!
Kelly A.Zumba March 12, 2015
Compfit is nothing short of totally amazing. The studio is cozy, homey and artistic. The professional instructors know your name and you are always welcomed with a smile. Classes are flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of body types/fitness levels, pushing you just enough to challenge your personal limits at your own pace. The minutes fly by in these fun, diverse classes! Dance and strengthen - what a wonderful combo!!
I can't say enough about Eric, the owner. He is fantastic in every way. He is one of those people that makes you feel good just being in his presence. I never thought I would have any interest in a boot camp class...until I attended his.The minutes fly by with Eric's expert guidance, superb cheer leading skills and rockin' music. I not only look forward to coming, but honestly feel bummed when I have to miss it!
Come visit Compfit!! You won't be sorry! :)
Michelle G.Oula Dance December 29, 2014
I've always preferred group classes over gyms, and since I moved to Fremont a year ago, I've been hopping from place to place looking for the best classes. It's surprisingly difficult to find places with classes that are fun, challenging, and varied in type and intensity . I stayed a few months at Fremont Health Club, however I attended Eric's classes almost exclusively. When he left, I ended up cancelling my membership soon after. A few months ago, I was once again googling options in the area, and I saw Compfit, and on closer inspection that Eric was the owner! I immediately signed up for a membership, and have been a happy member for a few months.
Bootcamp and Oula are my favorite classes, but I've liked all that I've tried so far and regularly cycle through the various options. I really like that I can change it up, at times that I can actually attend. All of the instructors are super friendly and high-energy, but also professional and reliable, which I really appreciate. Also love the bright paint and artwork!
Anne D.Zumba June 26, 2014
So glad I stumbled onto this new secret little studio! Have taken Zumba, Boot Camp and Lean & Tone. Started with a punch card as the studio was transitioning to new owner, Eric. Watched the space change in a few weeks...paint, stereo, new equipment..and classes with Eric himself. It's not a huge space, classes are a nice diverse group of ages/levels (all women so far), very welcoming and unpretentious. I have learned so much in just a few weeks and am already seeing changes. Lots of street parking, punch card, drop in or monthly membership. Eric is motivating, fun and takes great care to ensure everyone works out at their own level and with best form. I'm hooked..for the first time ever I look forward to going to morning classes and feel energetic all day long. Going to try a Barre class next.
Georgia G.Oula Dance November 23, 2014
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