During lockdown we experimented with a mixture of styles and musical genres in the same class, rather than having just one class being exclusively one dance type. This has been a popular move, and so we have decided to continue to do this as an experiment for the next term or so. All the styles will still be covered, but you might find a salsa routine running straight into a jive tune. As Eric Morecambe might have put it, we’ve got all the same dances, but not in the same order! We will always finish the classes with a ‘Legs, Bums ‘n’ Tums’ section. Here are some of the styles that we offer:
Ballet Hoo is our newest class. Inspired by our instructor Lesley’s first love, it incorporates simple ballet moves and positions together with core-strength exercises to produce an enjoyable but challenging routine. This class is accessible to all ages, genders and abilities, and you do not need to be a Rudolf Nureyev or Darcey Bussell to participate. Tutus are strictly optional! The name Ballet Hoo reflects our rather irreverent take on this form of dance, and the classes have proved to be a light-hearted introduction to a very demanding art, backed by a glorious sound-track of mainly classical ballet music (although we’re not afraid to mix it up with a modern twist too!) You’ll find that all your muscle groups get a work-out, your posture improves and you’ll feel several inches taller by the end of the session.
Get in touch with your inner Carnival Queen as you samba, salsa, cha cha cha, and get those hips moving to the beat of Latin America and raise your heart rate in this fun aerobic session. You don’t need to be a dance expert: the moves are very simple and the emphasis is on enjoying what you’re doing.
Take yourself back to the days of rock ‘n’ roll and all those wonderful tunes of the 50s and 60s. Jive-a-cise is a nostalgic-filled session to raise your heart-rate. This is an aerobic session with some jive steps added for authenticity (no ‘proper’ dancing involved). Plenty of well-known songs from Elvis, Cliff, Motown and many, many more to twist and groove to!
What do you call a class that has everything? ZWING! From Bollywood to West End show tunes via Africa, Disco, and South America, this is an aerobic workout featuring music from all over the world. One minute you’re trying to can-can, the next you’re doing a mambo all around the room. High energy routines with low-impact options, there’s something for everyone in Zwing!
This is exercising at its happiest. Charleston-a-cise is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face while raising your heart-rate. There are plenty of authentic Charleston steps to try, and you can even have a go at swivelling those knees if you want (Craig Revell-Horwood pay attention!) You don’t have to be an expert so long as you’re prepared to join in the fun. With music from the latest Eurovision to genuine Charleston tunes from the 20s, and even the occasional George Formby, this is a modern take on traditional Charleston while keeping the essentials of a high energy routine.
This is a ‘traditional’ session of aerobics – but don’t worry, you don’t have to come in leg-warmers and a Lycra leotard! The idea is the same as in Jane Fonda’s day: a set of exercises to target all the major muscle groups and to raise the heart rate, but that is where the similarity ends. Music is varied week to week so it could be the latest chart hits, a selection from ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 1989’, Glam rock songs from the 70s and anything else you request! The exercises, as for all the different classes, can be done as low-impact depending on your physical and personal abilities and requirements, and the emphasis is on having fun!
Legs, Bums, and Tums
This is the non-aerobic part of each session, aimed at those who want to get into better shape and achieve a better posture and figure. Every muscle group from head to toe gets attention in this session, with particular emphasis paid to those troublesome areas of legs, arms, bums, and tums. There is plenty of opportunity to increase your core abdominal strength and to improve all round flexibility. The sessions are accompanied by a wide variety of music; from classical and ballet, to High School Musical, compilations from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and in fact anything Lesley has on her iPod. Barry Manilow duets have been a talking point!
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