If we have learned anything in the past few months, it’s that all exercise classes now feature animals. It’s almost like we, as humans, finally came to our senses and realized that exercise is way boring and decided the only way to make it palatable was to throw in some floofy critters.
First, there was cat yoga at the Seattle Meowtropolitan Cat Café. As soon as that gained traction, we heard about goat yoga in Oregon (of course). Naturally, the next evolution was bunny yoga at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. And then Lisa Vanderpump’s animal shelter, Vanderpump Dogs, kicked it up a notch and paired puppies with aerial yoga.
Well 313 Farms in Manitoba, Canada sees your friendly animals and savasanas, and raises you alpacas and Zumba. The farm has recently introduced weekend dance classes that are set in the middle of an alpaca field, so you can shake your booty while communing with the wooly creatures.
AlpacaZone Dance & Fitness—which features classes with clever names such as “Camelid Cardio,” “Poppin’ Pacas Hip Hop” and “Barn Barre”—was founded by a former dance instructor who has always had an affinity for alpacas. After she heard about goat yoga, she decided alpaca dancing was the next logical step (and at the rate animal exercise is growing, we agree).
“The little kids have no fear, they just run right in,” AlpacaZone founder Ann Patman told Travel + Leisure. “They’ll even sometimes pet the alpacas as they’re going through their dance motions. It's a really good time.”
And hey, if you’re worried you’ll be so busy dancing to Despacito that you won’t have time to actually hang with an alpaca, don’t fret: All classes last 45 minutes, but then are followed up by a 15-minute alpaca meet and greet.
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