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.”