Zumba classes start in Ellon

AN ELLON woman is on the lookout for people to join her in helping an international dance fitness craze to take the North East by storm.

Caroline Zanre, a fitness instructor for 10 years, has started running Zumba classes at Ellon’s Kirk Centre. For the uninitiated, Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-based fitness programme, which began in South America, but which has gradually spread its popularity around the world.

“Zumba has only recently hit the North East, but now it’s getting huge”, says Caroline. “It’s a fitness programme based on movement to a variety of music in icluding samba, salsa, the twist – even country dancing! Really, it covers just about everything.

“It’s different from other fitness classes, with music designed especially for dancing”, she continues. “The exercise is very much focussed on the music, which means it’s a workout, but without feeling like it.

“Zumba is suitable for people of all abilities, whether they’re 18 or 80. You can work as high or as low as you like - all you need is trainers without big grips and a bottle of water.

“There’s no ongoing obligation if someone comes along and then decides it’s not for them after all.

“Last week was the first session, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many people smiling during a class”, she added. It’s great fun, so come along and join us!”

Caroline’s Zumba classes take place at the Slains Hall in the Ellon Kirk Centre on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 8.30.