Buy Black Corner: Turning up the Heat with Chi Chi Randolph

Tisia Saffold

Spring break is around the corner so who isn’t trying to tighten it up? Whether you’re trying to shed the pounds or tone up Chi Chi Randolph’s dance classes will do the trick. Raised in New Jersey and Texas, dance has always been a part of Chi Chi’s life. While earning a degree in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M she made sure to incorporate dance throughout her college career.  Some of these experiences include being a member of Fade to Black Dance troupe, the Stepmaster for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and working as the University’s first Hip-Hop Dance Instructor.  Chi Chi put her hard earned engineering degree to use at a prestigious company but soon realized that her life was unfulfilling without dance. Against the better judgment of her friends and family she took the opportunity to intern at Broadway Dance Center’s. Chi-Chi immediately moved to New York City and later relocated to Atlanta, GA. Now an accomplished choreographer and businesswoman her resume includes appearances on ABC, CBS, MTV, BET, and has shared the stage with artists such as Nelly, Fabolous, Nas, and Trey Songz.  Chi-Chi’s videography includes the Rick Ross /R. Kelly “Speedin” music video and Crime Mob’s “Rock Yo Hips.”

Currently in Austin TX, located on 831 Houston St. Chi Chi is a head dance instructor at Dance Austin Studio. Serving as the only instructor of African descent her courses includes classes like Sexy Stiletto Fit, Video Vixen and Go Go Cardio Mix. Chi Chi teaches an arrangement of dance fitness classes that shed the pounds while having a blast. I recently participated in her “Six Weeks to Sexy” stiletto dance series right in time for Valentines Day. Not only was this class fun and full of energy but before I knew if I was sweating and had burned hundreds of calories. We started with a spicy warm up where we increased our heart rate, and worked our legs and abs to the latest pop hits followed by an intense choreographed dance in which we performed in our stilettos. All levels of dance are welcomed in this course and Chi Chi’s energetic spirit makes everyone feel comfortable. She encouraged us to tap into our inner “diva” and to perform the routine as we felt comfortable.  If you want to know if this is something you would like there are “drop in classes” available were you can come check out the classes for free! Furthermore, as we all are on a budget I found these classes pretty affordable, $15 dollars for a single class with a discount when you present your school I.D. $13 dollars isn’t bad right?!. The more classes you register for the more you will save. A 5 class pass is 65 dollars bringing a single class down to 13 dollars while 10 classes will cost $110 bringing the price to $11 per class before any discounts are applied. With a pass you also have the freedom to take a variety of different classes that are offered at various times and days during the week. Trust me this is a fun great way to shed the pounds, tone up and gain confidence! You will definitely feel the burn the morning after. For more information about classes and rates visit. Support local business and our community.


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