Mums and toddlers can become fitter through exercise based on dance techniques at a new class which has started at Ingoldisthorpe.
Called Fit Mummies, the sessions have been set up by Jennifer Shah, who lives in the village and is also its parish clerk. The classes, which started last week, are held on Thursdays at the village hall and run for an hour starting at 9.30am.
Said Jennifer, who started dancing when she was just two and had a scholarship with the British Ballet Organisation: “The class was set up to give mums a chance to partake in a group exercise class with their children. Classes are specifically designed to be child-friendly and give toddlers who want to join in the chance to learn basic dance moves and explore how they can move their body in different ways.
“At the same time their mummies are getting fit and toned. Alternatively toddlers can play with the other children and toys whilst listening to their favourite tunes.”
Women without children are also welcome to attend, providing they don’t mind toddlers running around.
“No experience in dance is required, the class has a dance feel to help engage the children, keeping them interested while, most importantly mums get fit. There are no complicated steps or routines and no one should be worried about having two left feet,” said Jennifer.
“I set up the class after being frustrated about not having the time or energy to exercise. Once the children are in bed I just want to sit down and relax, not haul myself out to the local leisure centre. I noticed that my boys would copy me when I was dancing around the house and generally enjoyed dancing.”
Jennifer gave up ballet when her dance teacher moved to Australia. She said: “I then completed my ballet training with the RAD syllabus to Advanced level before giving up to concentrate on studies at the age of 16.
“I didn’t return to dance until my twenties when I joined Bodybarre and their professional dance troupe The Bombshells.”
Classes cost £2 for the first session and £4 per adult thereafter. All children go free.