Work up a sweat on the National Mall for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
By Taylor Sears
Listen up all you Zumba and dance enthusiasts. There’s one awesome dance party happening at the National Mall on April 29, and it’s called Kazaxe. You don’t want to miss this. Keep reading to find out all the details and learn about the Kazaxe craze!
Pronounced kah-zah-shay, Kazaxe is a “super high intensity” dance workout that can best be described as Zumba on steroids. Created by local dance pro, Asuka Boutcher, the class features a range of international beats, from hip hop, to reggae, to Brazilian funk, and Southern line dance. Boutcher and her team of instructors have gained a cult following at their Alexandria-based studio, Azuka-Bom.
Almost monthly, Boutcher organizes a large-scale Kazaxe class — Megaxe (which stands for “mega-positive vibes”), where money is raised for a charitable cause. This month’s Megaxe will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with a laudable goal of $7,500. It is scheduled to take place at the Sylvan Theatre near the Washington Monument on the National Mall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are also being accepted prior to the fundraising event.
“We are full believers that if you have a business and a position of leadership, it should be used to give back to the community,” Boutcher says. “Spreading more positive vibrations as a community has been the most rewarding part of having this business.” Boutcher has big plans for Kazaxe, saying, “We are close to getting our own building. When we do, I hope to really catapult into doing much more in the community.”
Don’t forget to dress in highlighter-hued workout gear. Participants are asked to wear blue to the April 29 Megaxe, in keeping with the Make-A-Wish Foundation colors.
Azuka-Bom is located at 6200 D Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, Va.