Zumba class reveals who's got the moves
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.