Internet Calls "Appropriation" on "New" Workout That Looks a Lot Like Indian Dandiya Dance


"A new workout where you pretend to play the drums is taking L.A. by storm," according to a Facebook video from Insider. Called Pound, this latest exercise trend is a cardio regimen brought to you by two women drummers, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom. It involves "drumsticks engineered specifically for exercise" — Ripstix — which the Pounders wield with vigor for a whole-body workout experience. 

There's just one problem, though: it's not new. Pound looks a not unlike Dandiya, a traditional Indian dance in which participants mark rhythm with brightly colored sticks. 

"There is already a dance form in India called 'daandya' which has the same concept of dancing with sticks and [is] a thousand-plus-years-old tradition," one Facebook user commented. "So nothing new or original here. It's just a modified version of daandya."


Pound bills itself as "the world's first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums." According to some of the video's viewers, that's not quite right — and the misrepresentation looks, to them, like cultural appropriation.


For reference, this is what dandiya looks like:

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