Mature Living Special Section: Zumba classes: Fun exercise for all ages

Published on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

Read More News

Blaine resident Christina Alexander, front left, with her new Zumba fitness class at Loomis Hall. “It really takes fitness to a whole different level,” she said.

Blaine resident Christina Alexander said she’s always enjoyed fitness and working out but taking regular classes was out of her budget. So she started her own class.

Alexander, who voluntarily organizes the U.S./Canada Peace Anniversary Association, the group that sponsors the Peace Arch State Park’s annual International Sculpture Exhibit as well as other cross-border events, recently earned her Zumba fitness certification in Seattle from the Zumba Fitness traveling clinic. She recently started hosting classes at Loomis Hall at 310 Martin Street.

“It’s a beautiful facility and a wonderful room to dance in,” she said. “It’s got a beautiful hardwood floor so it’s a great for dancing.”

Alexander said Zumba is a great exercise for older adults as it can be low-impact and fun for those who have long been without a regular exercise routine. Because of that, Zumba appeals to a broad spectrum of people of different ages and abilities, she said.

“One of my seasoned participants is 82 years old, and she always has a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face,” she said. “She loves the comraderie of the program that, to me, is really heartwarming. It’s like we all have that special feeling we had when we were in our 20s and we loved to dance.”

Classes at Loomis Hall are scheduled during the month of March on Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Saturdays 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Loomis Hall. Cost is $10. Five classes are $40. Ten classes are $70. Pre-paid discounts are available.

Alexander said she’s available to teach for private parties, corporate wellness programs and other events.

For more information, visit