Banana Skirt


Channel your inner PopStar and dance yourself to a sizzling shape at Banana Skirt Productions, the studio that Shape Magazine deems “perfect for anyone who feels like cardio can be torture…an instant mood booster and a serious workout.”

Named to pay homage to iconic singer & dancer, Josephine Baker, and selected as one of the “Biggest Fitness Trends of 2017” by Elle UK, Banana Skirt brings a one-of-a-kind dance cardio experience led by a team of ultra energetic, fun and friendly professional dancers.

Banana Skirt Productions (named to pay homage to trailblazer Josephine Baker) was founded by former entertainment industry executive & music supervisor, Akinah Rahmaan.

Banana Skirt  was created from a love for music, both as a fan and as a music executive. After becoming a mom five years ago, I made major changes in my life. But what remained was the impact music had in shaping my perception of the world and myself. And I thought, WAIT, is it possible that creating a fitness program based on hip-hop and r&b music can inspire me & others to achieve complete fitness – reshaping my mind, body, and spirit? Hmmmm…

Who hasn’t watched Beyoncé, JLo, or Janet Jackson and wished they too could execute the choreography, pour on the confidence of gladiators, and fully embody the sex appeal conveyed in music and music videos? At Banana Skirt, we believe that music does inspire a freedom through dance that leads to an exhilarating discovery of self.

Banana Skirt Productions was born to serve our desire for a fun way to burn off calories, feel free and tap into our most confident selves using popular music in innovative and invigorating lifestyle fitness classes.

Banana Skirt hosts fun and lively fitness class that increases your stamina and endurance. This constant motion helps build endurance and increases your aerobic capacity while you have a fun time learning the choreography and burning calories.

No previous dance experience required, just an open mind and a desire to have lots of fun and move your body like a popstar!


Prior to launching Banana Skirt Productions, Akinah was Vice President of Marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. She was charged with building the strategy behind successful marketing campaigns for a roster of artists, including Ne-­Yo, Frank Ocean, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Fabolous, and Luke James. The Maryland native was also responsible for the design of marketing and advertising plans, artist development, image direction and branding. During this time she also co-­founded MusicSoopz Inc., a music supervision company where she served as music supervisor on films like The Gospel (2005), and Stomp The Yard (2007).

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