As someone fairly unfit who has absolutely no dancing talent, the idea of doing Zumba terrified me. Combining dance and aerobics, the fitness program has taken the exercise world by storm since its inception in the 1990s and is now being taught across 180 countries. While this may seem intimidating to beginners as it did to me, the class I attended at the gym on campus was really just like dancing in a club with loud music and sweating, except you’re copying an instructor at the front and you’re sober.
Now imagine that, but with UV lighting and glow in the dark paint! That is the outline of Glow Zumba Revolution, held in the Central Youth Club which is only a ten minute walk from campus. Every Thursday at 6:30pm, Zumba students of all abilities come together in a purpose-built UV dance studio, complete with lasers, smoke machines and an LED disco ball, alongside banging tunes to dance to. Lasting up to an hour, a Zumba session can help you burn up to 600 calories, so if you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted way to exercise, or even just a way to stay warm in these colder months, this is a perfect fit. Not to mention that students go half-price, meaning a class will only set you back a mere £2.50!
Zumba isn’t just a great way to exercise but can also do wonders for confidence building, as the class I attended had people of all different ages and body types joining in. Even if you’re not the best dancer, the supportive and friendly atmosphere makes you feel like Strictly Come Dancing material. Plus, it’s also an excellent excuse to cover yourself in glow-in-the-dark paint year-round. You can reserve your spot and find further information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.