Zumba - Dancing, Moving, Fun!


Everyone always tells you that in order to be fit, you need to get off your rear end and move. But exercise isn’t always fun and it’s expensive and inconvenient…or is it?

If you’re over 50 and a Clifton resident, you can check out a free in-person class at the Clifton Senior Barn in the Clifton Municipal Complex every Thursday from 3 to 4 PM. There, Clifton resident Yudy Bechara teaches a Senior Zumba class that will give you a great workout as well as a fun social hour with friends old and new. 

Zumba was started in Colombia in 2001 and is currently taught in 200,000 locations in 180 countries, with over 15 million members taking classes. It’s a total body workout combining cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. But more than that, Zumba is a fun way to socialize while getting fit.

The Clifton Times was asked to write about various programs aimed at Clifton Seniors, including the free Zumba class. “Zumba? Isn’t that dancing? And difficult, hard on the joints, I’ll be the only one with two left feet and no sense of rhythm!” were just some of our initial thoughts. But once we met Yudy, her enthusiasm and personality were just infectious and soon after, we were dancing, laughing, and enjoying a variety of different songs ranging from Latin-inspired beats to such oldies as “All Shook Up,” “These Boots are Made for Walking,” and “Stand By Me." Senior Zumba is easier on the joints and focuses more on balance and flexibility than the other Zumba classes offered elsewhere.

Yudy leads each session with a smile and encouragement while carefully watching the students to make sure steps are done right, gently correcting and cheering the class on with jokes, singing along, and high-fives when a new step is learned.

No special clothing or equipment is required, just a pair of supportive sneakers, and whatever you feel comfortable wearing. So take that first step and check out the class. There is no fee but you do need to register at the Senior Center if you decide to start. Call (973) 470-2234 for more information.

Happy dancing!

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