No one likes shovelling snow. But Richard Laubonet and his students have figured out a way to make it enoyable.
Put on a catchy African song, add dance moves and some smiles, et voilà! (Watch video above.)
Laubonet, who owns and runs Djamboola Fitness in Montreal, told The Huffington Post Canada the fun took place Saturday after an impromptu lesson in Jarry Park.
He had looked over to the children’s play area and noticed it was covered with snow. So he said to his students, “We will shovel this place.”
They said, "‘OK, no problem! Let’s go!” Laubonet recalled.
With “Aye” by Nigerian artist Davido in the background, Laubonet and his students got to work. He tasked a friend to take a video and later uploaded the clip to Facebook.
“Shovelling is usually not happy to do. It’s very hard and people don’t like it,” Laubonet said in acknowledging a universal truth.
He said he’s received “amazing” feedback over the video.
“I don’t know why because it’s just shovelling and dancing, but people like it."
“Thank you for your gift of happiness,” wrote Patricia Charland on Facebook. “Blessings upon you.”
“I don’t know why because it’s just shovelling and dancing, but people like it,” he said. “They like our smiles, our dance moves — and they like to see three African people, because in our countries there’s like no snow.”
Laubonet, who moved to Canada 14 years ago from Ivory Coast, teaches hip hop, salsa, and African dance. He created Djamboola Fitness three years ago where he fuses African dance moves with cardio exercises.
Heartened by the support he’s received, Laubonet said he’s planning a follow-up video with more people, more dancing, and more smiles.
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