I opened Zumba Thornbury in January of 2011 with one class on a Tuesday night and one class on a Wednesday morning. It was just what Thornbury had been waiting for! An exciting, fun way to burn calories all wrapped up in the joy of movement and dance. Within 3 weeks I had to put on another Zumba class on a Tuesday and introduce booking systems for the classes as even in Armstrong Hall which holds 60 the classes were getting full. By May of that year I had opened additional classes in Severn Beach and another night in Thornbury and was snowed under.
One by one I had participants from my front row do the course and I put on classes for them to teach with a special card that anyone could use to attend any of our classes and get discounts. I am now very proud to say that I work with Louise Williams and Samantha Croft and together we run Zumba Thornbury bringing you the best Zumba classes in the area.
We organise charity events where we raise £1,000’s each year, we have our own social events that everyone is welcome to attend and we have been honoured to appear at the Thornbury Carnival and many school fairs over the years.
I started attending classes at Zumba Thornbury with Natasha around 6 years ago. I soon became a big fan of Zumba, I loved the music, energy, dance fitness, variety of routines, fun, feel good factor and most importantly the friends I gained and feeling part of a fantastic community group. As time went on, my love for Zumba grew and I became more involved in helping and decided to take the course to become a Zumba Instructor. I currently teach alongside my close friend and fellow Zumba Instructor Sam Croft in the dance Studio at Castle School on Sunday mornings 10.30-11.30. We always aim to make our classes fun & enjoyable & bring the Zumba party feeling to Sunday mornings. We want everyone to share our love of Zumba and have a great time getting fit. Our classes are suitable for all abilities and ages and we always encourage people to work to their own level & most importantly have fun!
My Zumba passion started about 4 1/2 years ago when I attended my first zumba Thornbury class at Severn Beach with Natasha. Back then I was an unfit mum of 2, with low self esteem and suffering from panic attacks. That first class was fun, energetic and the music was fantastic. The best bit though was I was exercising and burning calories but enjoying myself at the same time. I was Hooked. So in 2013 when I was asked to join the Zumba Thornbury team as an instructor I jumped at the chance. I now teach 2 classes a week in Severn Beach and enjoy every minute. I'm fitter, healthier and more confident than I have ever been. No more panic attacks !!! I have made some amazing friends and we have some wonderful social events. It gives me immense pleasure to be able to help people change their life's the way zumba has changed mine.