Break a sweat with Outdoor Zumba
DANCE. A taste of the tropics just knocked on Lachine’s doors for the summer. Every Wednesday and Thursday evenings, free Zumba classes will rock the outdoor dancefloor on Saint-joseph Boulevard.
The floor was bursting with Lachine residents dancing to the rhythm of Latin music on May 23, guided by the enthusiastic instructor Geovany Roque.
He was hired eight years ago when the Lachine Borough launched the Zumba Outdoor Program with only one course on Thursdays. They added the Wednesday session the following year. Roque is the only instructor for both and returns each year.
“We dance as a team and that’s important to me,” he said.
He feels the exercise program’s strength lies in its ability to bring together people of all ages, color and nationality, without discrimination.
Roque led the group with simple and effective steps. Participants stretched their arms while making sure their feet were constantly moving to the rhythm of the music.
Songs are traditionally Latin because of Zumba’s Colombian origins, but Roque slipped in rock n’ roll to radically change the tempo and dancing style.
“It helps us as instructors because it adds new types of movements to use. It’s also more fun for the participants to dance to a variety of different rhythms in the one-hour class,” he added.
The intensity of the classes on both evenings are different. Roque refers to his Wednesday classes as Zumba Gold, and the hour and a half on Thursdays as Zumba Fitness. While movements are similar, the fitness class in much faster therefore better for those already in good shape.
Lachine residents seem eager to spend some time dancing and sweating together. Over the course of the hour, participants were joined by many curious bystanders who stumbled upon the activity. As the class was drawing to a close, many showed signs of exhaustion, but each and every one of them exhibited a cheerful smile.
“We’re all here to just dance, have fun and exercise together,” Roque concluded.
Classes are scheduled until August 16. Zumba Gold starts at 7:30 pm every Wednesday and Zumba Fitness at 7pm every Thursday.
Geovany Roque leads a group of dancers during Zumba classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.