Mandy’s Zumba fun
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.
AND STRETCH: Mandy Roser teaches another Zumba class.