How is the powerlifting scene in India

Discussions take place between the units

Because Mueller takes that too seriously: Zumba is all about clichés of South American pop, which has always bothered her. “The exotic is a sales argument, but you don't learn anything about the background, nothing about the roots of the music or about the artists.” For her choreographies, Mueller almost exclusively uses music by artists or queer acts Songs and genres: Reggaeton, which is so often sexist, and its variety Neo-Perreo, Desi-Hip-Hop from the Indian diaspora, Soca from Trinidad and Tobago.

Gasping, she stands in front of the sweaty group and explains that the Jamaican Ishawna demands sexual equality between women and men in her dancehall track "Equal Rights" and that some DJs would refuse to put on this song. Shaking heads and laughter in the ranks. After the song “Indian Gyal”, Mueller talks about how Indian workers came to the Caribbean as slave labor, a somewhat more complex subject. “Can you follow me?” Asks Mueller. Not quite as good with stinging sides. “If you want to find out more, you now have a clue.” Next track, the bass pounds off.

Mueller has just started to offer workshops in which people dance and discuss. On the Femmefitness Facebook page, she repeatedly initiates discussions and draws attention to topics that concern her. The sporty is political.

"Powerlifting to the People"

But so far there has hardly been a scene of activists. Mueller knows of some studios in the USA that are aimed primarily at queer audiences, make special offers for blacks and people of color, and question body ideals. “Radically Fit” in Oakland, for example: It's about getting stronger together, internally and externally, about “sweating out frustrations”, as it says on the website. The course schedule includes “Powerlifting to the People” and boxing training, “free from toxic masculinity”.

Mueller's role model is Kelechi Okafor. In their London fitness club you can learn self-defense and pole dance variants, as well as twerking: dancers (or dancers) wiggle their buttocks and hips in such a way that the buttocks seem almost detached from the torso, provided you have the necessary muscles and the technology. The whole thing looks so impressive and sexy, if done right, that Twerking was part of the often misogynistic US rap from the end of the 90s. No mediocre hip-hop music video without half-naked women just for decoration. The fact that it was originally a fertility dance that was widespread in West Africa and that older, experienced women are particularly good at, fell by the wayside.

"Empowerment" - Twerking is what you make of it. Everything works as long as you decide for yourself. For several years, artists and dancers have been working with confidence: Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Beyoncé.

Dance sexy without being turned on

In Berlin there are few feminist sports programs like femme fitness. The Seitenwechsel association, founded in West Berlin in 1988, was initially aimed primarily at lesbians, but has been opening up to inter and trans people for a number of years and claims to be one of the largest sports clubs of its kind in Europe. The long list of courses includes feminist martial arts, boxing and hiking for blacks and people of color, "Flesh * Dance" for "fat_fat" and people with restricted mobility, but: "dance-typical gender clichés" are dispensed with.

This is what Anisha Mueller is all about. “Otherwise there aren't many opportunities to dance sexy without being turned on or judged right away.” So here in this Kreuzberg cellar. She runs her hands along her upper body, which is tucked into a pink mesh shirt. Zack, she crouches, and zack-zag, she spreads her legs open and closed in time. The group joins in, some lose their balance, legs tremble. The only challenge now: How do you get back up?

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