Seated Zumba is pure gold in Leeds

Teacher Kayti Clark with Ann Sutherland, 85, left and Hilda Emmett, 84, practising seated Zumba.
Teacher Kayti Clark with Ann Sutherland, 85, left and Hilda Emmett, 84, practising seated Zumba.
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When you picture Zumba, you probably imagine a high-energy class packed with spins and salsa style moves.

Defined as an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance, it is performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

They can’t go to a regular class but they love the music and the fact they are able to move.

But the weekly session in Boston Spa Village Hall is a dance class with a difference. Its enthusiastic participants are taking part in a Zumba Gold Seated Class.

This innovative lesson means that whether people are too old to get up and shake it on the dancefloor, are wheelchair users or have a condition that makes dancing a challenge, they can still enjoy a good old boogie without risk of falling.

Instructor Kayti Clark, a former professional dancer who has performed all over the world, said up to 15 people regularly took part in the classes – an even split of both men and women – and her oldest “student” was a 92-year-old lady.

She said: “They love it. It’s a little bit of gentle exercise. They can’t go to a regular class but they love the music and the fact that they are able to move.”

She added: “They use their arms and legs, it’s still the same rhythms but they’re sitting down. It’s relaxing and fun.” When the class first started around three years ago it was run by Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) but Kayti, who runs KT Dance Fit, took it over around 18 months ago.

And as a treat for the older “dancers” she sometimes swaps the usual Zumba songs, by artists such as Jennifer Lopez, for music pensioners are often more familiar with.

“I use music that people will recognise, especially in the seated class. I will play New York, New York, and In the Mood, by the Glenn Miller Band.”

Kayti also runs Slower Pace Zumba, for those who haven’t the energy for regular Zumba but aren’t ready to take a seat just yet. For details go to ktdancefit.co.uk.

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