Mandy’s Zumba fun

Western Times - - NEWS - By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

MANDY Roser might run Queens­land’s most re­mote zumba clinic.

It is, to be frank, too good a claim for this jour­nal­ist to check. She thinks she’s prob­a­bly at least the far­thest west zumba clinic in Queens­land.

“There might be one in Roma,” Mandy laughs.

“When I did my train­ing, they hadn’t even heard of Charleville.”

By day she is a mild-man­nered le­gal stud­ies and hu­man­i­ties teacher. By night, she is a zumba pret­zel, teach­ing a class of a dozen-odd the mix of work-out and dance set to pound­ing Latin mu­sic.

She set up the clinic a year ago just for friends. But when she went public a few weeks later, it took off.

“Back in Bris­bane I own a dance school,” she said.

“And I was very com­mit­ted to [dance].”

She said she was look­ing for some way to let all that out.

So she de­cided to be­come a zumba in­struc­tor, some­thing she’d never done be­fore.

“It was a nine hour train­ing day, where you lit­er­ally do zumba for nine hours,” she said. “It pays to learn fast.” Since then it’s been one suc­cess af­ter another.

“Charleville has a crazy fit­ness cul­ture, peo­ple are re­ally keen,” she said.

“And peo­ple like to try new things.

“Last year I went up with the RFDS.

“It was an hour and a half flight in the RFDS plane to Spring­sure.

“It was lit­er­ally a land­ing strip.

“Kate McGowan or­gan­ised it and asked for some­thing new.

“I taught zumba to gra­ziers. “It was re­ally cool.” But now she’s back down to Earth – teach­ing zumba ev­ery few days on the side.

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

AND STRETCH: Mandy Roser teaches another Zumba class.

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