If you arrive at Seasons Redbank Plains on a Tuesday night, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d somehow ended up in a city night club. Following the thumping bass line through the front door and into the lifestyle centre, you’ll discover a group of smiling residents in matching white ‘Chair Zumba’ shirts.
Don’t let the chairs fool you though as it turns out Chair Zumba is quite the workout.
With each song, residents get more animated, singing along and interacting with each other during a freestyle dance section when they get off their chairs and hit the dancefloor.
As the residents are discovering, Zumba has a whole host of benefits, including:
The group started in March this year, with Redbank Plains Community Manager Janine Peucker organising the class for residents after connecting with qualified Zumba Gold instructor Betty.
Since that time, the group has grown to 21 residents who each week follow choreography to a range of songs from disco classics, 80s hits through to more recent chart-toppers during the one hour class.
“The music that I choose, it’s not old music – it’s modern music. We like to feel young,” says Betty.
“We are young!” pipes up members of the group.
And that is the feeling you’re left with watching the group strut their stuff. Despite varying levels of mobility, the group all eagerly dance and sing along and by the end of the class, the energy in the room is palpable.
From social to health benefits, the residents are eager to share what they love about the class.
“People who don’t speak during the day get together at night and have fun and a laugh and it’s great. We’re exhausted, but it’s nice exhaustion,” says Glenda.
“We don’t get sore but we’re sometimes a bit stiff the next day.”
“It’s good exercise as well. It keeps the limbs moving and supple and that’s what we need as we get older,” says Ivy.
“It just gets my body going – that’s why I come,” says Con.
“We do have a lot of fun, it’s a nice get together and it’s good to see everyone,” says Mary.
Instructor Betty says she loves instructing the Tuesday night class and enjoys seeing the residents have fun.
“I love people and I love to have fun and love to make them smile,” says Betty.
“Life’s short so why not enjoy a bit of it!”