Dance fever is helping people shape up

FOUNDER: Bethany Ainsley and her class
FOUNDER: Bethany Ainsley and her class

DANCE fever is inspiring people to get moving to the music and waltz their way to fitness.

Fans of popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing have seen for themselves how hitting the dance floor has helped the celebrity contestants to slim down and tone up over the course of a series.

TV presenter Susanna Reid is said to have lost 7lb and journalist John Sergeant over two stone after being put through their paces by the professionals.

Now health project Move into Sport, which aims to tackle obesity, diabetes and heart disease has teamed up with award-winning Peterlee-based community enterprise Nouveau Dance & Fitness to offer classes in FitSteps – a unique exercise programme designed by Strictly stars themselves.

FitSteps is the result of a collaboration between two of the UK’s most famous ballroom dancers Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite and Britain’s most successful swimmer Mark Foster.

Instructor and keen dancer Kimberley Cowan underwent training with Natalie Lowe herself and says the feedback from participants so far has been fantastic.

“Everyone has seen from the show how much fitter the contestants are by the end,” she said.

“FitSteps really gives you a whole body workout, but you are having so much fun, you don’t realise at the time.”

Nouveau Dance & Fitness is an award-winning Social Enterprise delivering fun, affordable, innovative and effective dance and fitness programmes across the North East of England.

Founder and director Hartlepool-born Bethany Ainsley said: “Dancing can really be infectious and it is a great way to get people moving.

“Everyone who has watched Strictly has seen how the celebrity contestants lose weight through the course of the series and now these classes mean that anyone can include the dance steps into their weekly exercise regime.”

Sessions at Shotton Comrades Club, Shotton Colliery are on Tuesdays from Tues 7.15pm-8pm and at Trimdon Station Community Centre on Thursdays from 10am-11am.