Dancers rise to challenge

April 24 2019
Dancers rise to challenge

THEIR oldest member might be 86 years old but these Zumba dancers can show the youngsters a thing or two about keeping fit – and helping others.

The women, all of whom are over 55, exercise together at a Zumba Gold class held at the Turnberries Centre in Thornbury.

To help two charities – the Alzheimer’s Society and Thornbury based charity Contact the Elderly – they staged a 90-minute Zumbathon, raising more than £2,500 in the process.

Their normal sessions last half that time so the fundraiser was a challenge, particularly as some of the dancers hadn’t exercised before they first joined the class.

Instructor Pauline Hooper said: “Stamina building started around eight weeks before and we put a few extra higher-impact routines into the classes. It’s a great achievement to dance for 90 minutes.

Motivation comes from us as a group, some participants are very good at motivating others, also being sponsored by our friends and family for great causes, and the atmosphere on the day was fantastic!

I was so proud of them all – they are so inspirational, they embrace changes in new routines, and they all have very positive outlooks on life.”