Early arrivals before beginning their “Zumba party” are left to right: Pauline Allen, Janice Jackson, Dolly Davis (instructor), Marva Gilchrist, and Jacqueline Sherrill. Their costumes include hip scarves or “coin skirts” (sold at stands at Eastern Market and many other markets). When you hear the jingles you know you’re moving.

By Dolly Davis, Instructor

The Zumba Gold exercise/dance class at King Greenleaf Recreation Center is a low-impact, Latin-inspired class provided to seniors, beginners and those folks with limited mobility. The class is offered on Fridays, 11 am to noon, as a part of the YMCA Fit & Well Seniors Program and is FREE to all DC residents 55 years old and over.

As the YMCA describes it, “Zumba Gold strives to improve balance, strength, flexibility and, most importantly, cardiovascular health.” Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and towel to class.

The beauty of Zumba is you don’t need to know how to dance. Zumba is a party atmosphere featuring upbeat music and contemporary rhythms featuring Latin, rock, hip hop, reggae, R&B, soul, country and more.

For additional information regarding the YMCA Fit & Well Seniors program call (202) 797-4489 or contact Sylvia Gwathmey, Seniors Program Manager, King Greenleaf Recreation Center at (202) 645-7454.

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