New winter warming Zumba® dancing for older people ‘better than a warm bowl of porridge’

Jan 28, 2016 | News


New winter warming Zumba® dancing for older people ‘better than a warm bowl of porridge’

Jan 28, 2016 | News

Dance was helping to warm older bones in Romsey at the launch of a fun new exercise programme aimed at getting older people moving more.

About 60 people salsa’d down to Crosfield Hall to take part in the start of the Move More with Zumba® Fitness programme being run by Valley Leisure.

The free 30-minute dance session saw the community really let go and have fun by exploring a range of dance styles from Spanish flamenco to belly dancing to hip hop.

The Move More with Zumba® Fitness programme is an ideal activity for older people and for those just beginning their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

The first phase of the programme is called ‘Warm Up This Winter’ and 54-year-old local resident Cheryl Horton-Powell described it as: ‘Better than a warm bowl of porridge!’

Romsey Mayor and Test Valley borough councillor, Dorothy Baverstock and fellow Test Valley councillor, Celia Dowden, both joined in the group dancing.

The Romsey mayor said: “Zumba® has a variety of levels so it is suitable for all ages and abilities, which was reflected by those who attended the launch and, of course, the music is so infectious.”

Hender Correndo Escalante, Zumba® Education Specialist who ran the sessions, said: “Zumba Gold® is an amazing way to enjoy exercise by laughing, having fun, smiling and just moving around. It’s really a great way to stay active.”

The new Zumba® classes have been organised after Valley Leisure, the company which runs Romsey Rapids Sports Complex and Knightwood Leisure Centre. Valley Leisure was awarded money from a special national fund, Make your Move via Sport England, to run Zumba® classes for 440 inactive and older people in venues across the community and at leisure centres in Test Valley.

Regular classes are now being held at Romsey Rapids Sport Complex on Tuesdays at 2.30pm and Wednesdays at 11am.

They are also being held on Tuesdays from 6pm-6.30pm at Stockbridge’s Test Valley School and Fridays from 11:30am-12:00noon at Chilworth Village Hall.

For more information or to join in, call Natalie Austin on 07493 160027 or call Romsey Rapids Sports Complex to book a place on 01794 830333 or book online at