Zumba class reveals who's got the moves

GROOVING: Burwood-Pegasus councillors Peter Beck, left, and Glenn Livingstone bust some moves at a Zumba class for the elderly at the Wainoni Methodist Church in Avonside Drive yesterday.
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GROOVING: Burwood-Pegasus councillors Peter Beck, left, and Glenn Livingstone bust some moves at a Zumba class for the elderly at the Wainoni Methodist Church in Avonside Drive yesterday.

Two Christchurch City councillors rocked the house of God at a fitness session in the earthquake-hit eastern suburbs.

Burwood-Pegasus councillors Glenn Livingstone and Peter Beck joined about 30 senior citizens taking part in a Zumba Gold class at the Wainoni Methodist Church yesterday.

The venue was a fitting location for Beck and Livingstone, who both served as religious leaders before they were elected to the council.

The classes, a version of the dance-inspired Zumba fitness programme for the elderly, have been organised by the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust.

Trust community co-ordinator Betty Chapman said the classes would provide "something new and fun" for quake-hit seniors in the east.

Chapman said Beck was one of the big standouts during the dancing session.

"I've seen him in action before. He was very co-ordinated," she said. "Glenn Livingstone wasn't as good. He kept bumping into things."

Livingstone said the classes would provide a welcome boost to residents.

"It just gives the community a lift, and anything that does that is a great help."

Livingstone said his own lack of rhythm had been a lifelong problem.

"When I was at university I'd go to the front of the aerobics class but get sent to the back pretty quickly because I put everyone else out of time," he said.

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