The regular Hay River Fitness crew was in for a silly surprise on Nov. 18 when Dance Play instructor Amanda Grobbecker from Yellowknife came to introduce people to a new type of exercise.
Grobbecker leads children and adults in a playful routine that incorporates dancing and free movement. She travels around the NWT teaching others to become certified to lead classes.
“The intent is dance with a playful component,” she explained. “The idea is to get people moving without realizing they are exercising.”
Grobbecker taught a 45-minute class for young people, followed by an adult class during the usual aerobics time slot.
“I see it really making a difference for the kids,” she said. “They really get into it and play along.”
Grobbecker had people moving around the room, giving high-fives, pulling dance moves and shaking out their wiggles.
“At first I didn’t think it would be that much of a workout,” said Clarissa Neyando, who was at the adult session. “But by the end I had broken a sweat.”
The Hay River Health and Social Services Authority had dieticians at the event, promoting healthy eating habits and providing information on portion control and nutritional planning.
Hay River Fitness meets on Mondays and Wednesdays in the gymnasium of Harry Camsell School for their regular aerobics and kickboxing routines.