‘DANCE like no one is watching’ is Lorna Penning’s motto – and she hopes others will make it theirs too.
Lorna had grown tired of nights in front of the television and the lack of exercise in her life, so she decided to join a Zumba fitness class.
But the 53-year-old quickly discovered the fast-paced class was not for her and struggled to find anywhere else to go which suited her needs.
So she is starting her own dance sessions instead, where people of all ages and fitness levels can exercise at their own pace.
Lorna – who works as a finance officer for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy charity in Stratford – told the Observer: “Most of the people at the Zumba class were age 17 to 30 and I felt there was no alternative for people who are a bit older. It was really good fun but it was too fast for me. I think it’s things like that which put people off.
“I asked some local people what they thought and they were really interested in a class where people can just be themselves and do what they want at their pace.
“I’m really hoping this will be something different that everyone can get involved in no matter what their age. It’s also a chance for people to do a bit of exercise after work or even just to get out of the house for a bit and have some fun.”
Her ‘Dance Off’ classes – which will be held every Thursday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Orbit Queensway Court in Leamington – cost £1 per session and are being supported by Active South Leamington.
The classes allow people to make their own routines and dance styles. And there is no set time limit on how long participants have to stay, meaning they can dance for anywhere from ten minutes to two hours.
Lorna, who lives in Bishops Tachbrook with her husband, said: “As you get older you can’t work out the same, so these sessions are just about moving about and doing what you want. People don’t want to conform to routines.
“I’ve always said ‘dance like no one is watching’ and I really believe that. People can just do what they want to do.
“It’s a bit like a school disco, just go as mad as you want. No one is going to judge or pass comment.”