Brackley news: Brackley dance craze is exercise in disguise

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HUNDREDS of women are having fun getting fit as the latest dance sensation sweeps through Brackley.

In November 115 women signed up for the first Zumba session at Waynflete Hall at Magdalen College School.

Since then up to 60 people regularly attend the Wednesday and Thursday night sessions.

Former MCS language teacher Ceri Davies set up the sessions which she said can be described as exercise in disguise.

Miss Davies said: “It combines fitness and fun and uses almost every muscle you’ve got. It’s like a fitness party, rather than spending hours down the gym and getting bored, you can shake and shimmy your hips. Most leave dripping in sweat but it doesn’t feel like exercise.”.

“And it attracts a wide range of people, from 17 to 70, so it really appeals to all ages.

“And the good thing is there’s no need to be coordinated. With this the idea is to just keep moving and not to be worried about getting the steps right.”

Zumba is a Latin inspired dance combining a mixture of styles such as salsa, merengue, hip, Bollywood and samba.

The hour long sessions start at 8pm and cost £5.

To avoid disappointment reserve a place in advance by emailing Miss Davies at or visit the Brackley Zumba Fitness Facebook page.