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It's a Phuket dance revolution

PHUKET: Currently sweeping the world, Latin dance-inspired fitness craze Zumba has arrived in Phuket, and Englishwoman Kaye Smith is at the helm.

By Claire Connell

Friday 25 May 2012, 03:08PM

Kaye, who has been in Phuket for around three years working as a dive instructor and model, is one of several qualified Zumba instructors who teach around the island, including at Thanyapura, Elite Fitness, Patong Gym, Atmanjai at Friendship Beach, the Green Man Pub in Chalong, Phuket International Kindergarten, Bliss Beach Club in Bang Tao, and Boat Lagoon.

The music played at the sessions is a mixture of Latin-based and modern pop songs. Kaye says participants don’t have to have any particular coordination or high levels of fitness to enjoy the classes.

“It’s about having fun and joining in, and getting sweaty and smiley. You don’t need to know how to do the technical things. It’s not drill driven, it’s about adapting things to suit your style and ability. As long as you are moving, that’s the main thing. There’s no right or wrong, you’re not judged at all.”

And if you think a dance class is just for the ladies, you’re wrong. Kaye says there are a number of men who join in the fun and enjoy it thoroughly.

There are around 25 classes a week, priced between B250 and B300, lasting for approximately an hour.

For more information email or visit facebook/zumbaphuket



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