On Friday 26th November, Hand In Hand Activities CIC invited in guest instructor Glennis Larum to join the Zumbarettes Zumba Gold class to deliver a one-off belly dancing class to help the group work specifically on technique and form rather than specifically on fitness.
The one-off workshops came about following a consultation with the Zumbarettes over a year ago. A small amount of funding became available thanks to the Local Connections Fund’s Magic Little Grants to offer an opportunity to pay external instructors to deliver these sessions.
The Zumbarettes consultation identified that the ladies wanted to try Bollywood, Bellydance, Salsa and Samba. To date, we have only been able to find instructors for Bollywood and Bellydance.
At the start of the session, Glennis introduced herself to the group and had them all in a circle for a bellydance inspired warm up, talking about the specifics of the technique and the focus on muscles and muscle-groups that perhaps haven’t been used for a long time. Glennis also spoke about the benefits to muscle tone and the pelvic floor.
The group then spent almost an hour learning a single belly dancing routine step by step, dancing along to “Two Thousand And One Nights” by Said Mrad, a very catchy piece of music that does make you want to wiggle and jiggle. The moves and transitions flowed and the steps were easy to follow, even when the group moved on to the next section without being shown.
At the end of the session, Glennis and the group completed a bellydancing cool down and then shares lots of positive feedback from the session. I’m sure you will agree that the group worked so hard to learn a complete routine in that time!