A Workout With a Why


We take the intimidation out of dance, so that you can reap all the benefits from it. Dance is scientifically proven to improve mood and reduce stress. It’s not only good for the body, it’s one of the best workouts for your brain. The transformation that comes from dance is primal and powerful. Who cares if you’ve never been good at dancing? Dance to feel good, not to look good. This is a mental release and a practice in letting go of control. MDF cultivates an uplifting community to increase joy in the lives of others and remind you that you are never alone. 

Melody DanceFit has been proven to:

  • Elevate Joy
  • Relieve Stress & Anxiety
  • Strengthen Emotional Resilience
  • Improve Cardiovascular Health


Passionate about teaching the life-changing power of dance–– CEO and founder of Melody DanceFit, Melody Afkami has pioneered a new class experience that transcends traditional fitness and dance. Notorious for her humorous and inspirational message to focus on the mental release of dance, Melody’s online community has now reached millions. Melody DanceFit was the first dance fitness brand in Austin to rent out local concert venues and bars in lieu of the traditional studio. What started out as a small ten person class quickly grew into events of a hundred plus people–– selling out venues all over town. From her disco-lit classes to flashmobs around the city, Melody has cultivated a following that is hooked to her message of self-acceptance, joy and transformation. With an emphasis on women empowerment and philanthropy, her company, since its founding, donates to the international nonprofit Dress For Success. Afkami has been named ClassPass “Instructor Of The Year” four consecutive years and has been featured on CBS News, Texas Monthly Magazine, and Huffington Post. She has taught for international conferences and festivals, including SXSW and Austin City Limits Music Festival. She’s also been hired to teach for companies such as Lululemon, Facebook, Bumble, and Google. Melody’s life mission is to take the intimidation out of dance to help people unlock their power within, and her viral YouTube video ‘Havana‘ boasting over 39 million views certainly proves that.

Companies We’ve Worked With

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Instructor of the Year 2017

– Class Pass 2017

Taking Women’s Health out onto the Dance Floor

– Austin MD Magazine

A Dancing Success

– Austin Woman Magazine (page 32)

Most Moving Instructors of the Year 2016

– Class Pass 2016

Making a Difference – Melody DanceFit: Dancing for a Cause

– CBS Austin News


Melody DanceFit has always been about giving back since its founding. We partner with an International nonprofit called Dress for Success. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. A portion of online memberships and ticket sales to live events go back to Dress for Success. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved!

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