Get your kicks in the jun­gle

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

DANCE classes have kept Gil­lian David go­ing through some of the tough­est times in her life.

Ms David is a chore­og­ra­pher for The Jun­gle Body, a group fit­ness pro­gram in­cor­po­rat­ing dance, box­ing, cardio and more.

The classes have had on­go­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits for Ms David, who cred­its them with get­ting her in shape af­ter be­ing forced into bed rest dur­ing a dif­fi­cult preg­nancy.

“I think one of the big­gest things is how it makes you men­tally stronger,” she said.

“I’ve gone through a lot while I’ve been a chore­og­ra­pher. My dad’s go­ing through can­cer and also af­ter my son I had a still­born, then a di­vorce.

“I’ve gone through huge things and I still rock up to ev­ery class. It’s my one hour where I don’t think about any­thing that’s go­ing on, I do it for me. It’s given me a lot of strength and kept me sane and feel­ing good.”

Those with two left feet never fear; Ms David said the classes were for every­one of any skill level and she teaches women be­tween 16 and 60.

“Peo­ple get ner­vous about com­ing to class; it looks like so much fun but they’re ner­vous they won’t keep up,” Ms David said.

“But there’s only four steps to each track and you can re­ally push your­self if you want when you know those steps.”

The group will be rais­ing money for Life­line on Fri­day, May 5, with a mega-class at Perth Town Hall at 7pm.

The Jun­gle Body with Gil­lian is held three times a week, with two Konga classes and one Vypa class – Mon­days at the Red­cliffe Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 7.30pm with a live DJ, Wed­nes­days at Cen­te­nary Park at 7pm, and Satur­days at Cen­te­nary Park at 9am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Ms David on 0404 294 665, or visit face­book.com/The-Jun­gleBody-with-Gil­lian-370696626322800.

Gil­lian David goes through one of the Jun­gle Body dance rou­tines which she says keep her feel­ing good.

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