A new dance fitness style has finally arrived in Winnipeg, and it’s capturing the hearts of Island ladies all over our city.

HOT HULA fitness® is a fun and exciting dance workout that combines easy to perform movements inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands and performed to the sounds of Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae and hip hop music.

Created in 2009 by US-based Samoan fitness professional Anna-Rita Sloss, Hot Hula fitness® was born from her desire to create a fitness method that represented her culture, not just in movement but also in spirit.

The result is a fun, relaxed, and effective total-body workout that Certified Hot Hula fitness® Instructor Nenette Alejandria Mayor knew the Winnipeg community would love.

As a hula dancer and instructor with over 40 years of experience, Nenette knew that Polynesian dance was an effective workout. She dropped pounds and inches after giving birth to her two babies thanks to hula.

“You need to workout regularly to get results, and the easiest way to stick to a regular workout is to choose one you love. For me, that was hula dance.”

So, when she heard about Hot Hula fitness®, Nenette knew she had found her passion. Working out to drum beats infused with Reggae and Hip hop music held a special appeal for the 40-something mom, who also has a background in Hip hop dance.

And she was not alone.

“I personally love anything to do with Hawai’i, and I love Old School Hip hop, Dance and R&B, “ says Glonor Penaflorida Holmes, a busy mom of two, “so when I came across a Hot Hula video on Facebook, I got so excited about it! Naturally, I had to tell Nenette what I found and of course, she already knew about it!”

Hot Hula fitness® is all about the core and muscle isolation. It’s a low-impact workout, so there’s no jumping as there is with Zumba. The knees are bent throughout the exercise which works the leg muscles, and the controlled swaying movements of the hips work the abdominal muscles.

All you need are comfortable clothes, a sarong if you have one, and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. No shoes required. And be prepared to sweat!

The workouts are effective, fun for all ages and fitness levels, and easy to follow.

“You don’t need any dance experience,” says Nenette, whose classes are a mix of her former students and new students who have never used their ‘hula hips’.

In fact, Nenette’s previous students start from the beginning along with everyone else. “Being a past Hula student of Nenette, I thought, ‘this should be easy!’ Wrong,” says Glonor. “This challenges everything I’ve learned from traditional Hula! Which is great!”

Classes started in September, and her students have loved “smiling with their hips”.

“Unlike other fitness classes I’ve attended, I don’t think I’ll get bored with this class. Love the infusion of reggae and hiphop music to Polynesian moves,” says Marjorie Soldevilla, new student and mom of 3.

“Since taking this class I have increased my leg and core strength,” says Sophia Epp, mom of 2. “I will be bikini ready by December!”

If you would like to try out Hot Hula fitness®, Nenette would love to see you! Classes are located at Patricia’s Ballroom & Banquet Hall, 2025 Corydon Avenue, on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. More classes are being added to the schedule.

For more information and announcements about new classes and promos, contact Nenette at, 204-963-1622, or ‘like’ her on Facebook at @HOTHULANenette.