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Dance Exercise Classes @ South Mitcham Community Centre

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Don't Let It Pop Out
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After attending my yoga class yesterday, I saw a leaflet at South Mitcham Community Centre saying they were starting up a new dance exercise class for over 18s on Thursday mornings from 9.30am - 10.30am.

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Caroline shows us the proper steps

This sounded like a fun new activity to try, and with the first session free, I had nothing to lose. So the next day I went over and met our instructor, Caroline, who is a champion for LiveWell. LiveWell is a free health improvement service available in Richmond, Sutton, and Merton. If Anyone wants help to stop smoking, lose weight, keep active, maintain a healthy diet, or deal with stress, she can put you in contact with them.

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We usually have our exercise classes in the main hall, but today we were sent upstairs to a smaller room. We just about managed, but really, we did need more space to be able to perform the moves properly. I expect as more people join, then we will be put back in the main hall.

There were six of us for the first class, and Caroline started us off with some warm up moves that challenged our rhythm and coordination as we moved our arms and legs in unison.

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We then hit the floor to do some mat exercises. I must admit I was surprised by this because these were not dance exercises, but ab work that bared similarity to some of my pilates exercises. This suited me fine, because I was happy to work on my core, and it was enjoyable to perform them to music.

During this section, Caroline's axiom was 'don't let it pop out.' By this she meant, hold your tummy in or the exercises won't have any benefit.

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We then returned to more dance steps. They were not specific to any type of dance, and it definitely wasn't Zumba. It was more stretching in a rhythmic way. I think this is because it was our first class and most of the people there had not taken part in any previous sort of exercise before. I expect things will get more advanced and challenging as things go on.

south Mitcham Community Centre, dance exercise, caroline

At the moment, it is a good class for people who want a gentle introduction to exercise, but hopefully those looking for a greater cardio workout will be accommodated soon. Since classes are only 1 until the end of the year, it is well worth going. Although I find the exercises fairly easy, I find going to a class gives me the motivation to do the exercises, which I probably would not bother with by myself at home.

south Mitcham Community Centre, dance exercise, caroline

At the end of the year, the centre will decide whether or not there is enough interest in the class to continue into next year and become a permanent fixture.
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Why? Keep fit
When: Thursdays, 9.30am - 10.30am
Phone: 020 8648 3740
Where: South Mitcham Community Centre
Cost: 1
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