Dance like an Egyptian

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ZUMBA classes are proving just the ticket for people wanting to get into shape –and for those wanting more, how about dancing like an Egyptian.

St Hild’s School in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, is combining dance with a bid to get the people of Hartlepool fit – and there’s plenty of time for more people to join in.

The school’s community manager Julie Fletcher said: “Egyptian dance is great fun because it is not a high impact exercise and that means it is good for people who have lower back and knee problems.

“We were already offering zumba and salsa-cise classes and we had a number of people there who were suggesting that we should offer Egyptian dance as well”.

Zumba classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7pm to 8pm, and cost £1.50 per session.

Tutor Jean Walsh is a health professional and offers health and nutrition advice in addition to the dance session.

Julie added: “We have also offered tasters of Egyptian dance which is suitable for women of all shapes, sizes and ages.

“We have had requests for more sessions. All of this helps with health, weight and is good fun.”

Body tone sessions are another hit and run from 5.45pm on Wednesdays.

Other sessions include weight management classes, run by the Health Trainers from the NHS every Thursday, from 5.30pm, and healthy cookery sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6-8pm, with chef Carl Stott.

Julie added: “Weight management helps people get into great shape for the summer.

“We find that we get quite a few people who come along for the weight management and follow it up with exercise and dance.”

Classes currently attract people aged 16 and upwards and Julie added: “We are getting people who are in their 70s. We have one lady who is 74.”

The cost is £1.50 per session for dance sessions while the weight management classes, run by the NHS, are free.