A woman who danced herself happy has started her own dance-ercise classes to help other women get fit and have fun.
Ann Robertson, of Corby, lost her husband to cancer after a two-and-a-half year battle in 2010. During that time she had put on a lot of weight and decided she needed to change.
I feel the best I’ve ever felt and it’s all due to dance.Ann Robertson
She said: “I’d been getting fatter and fatter as the years went on because I was eating because I was unhappy.
“I knew I needed to change something so I joined a gym and started going twice a day just to get out of the house and to make myself physically and mentally fitter.
“I noticed that it was helping me giving me something to focus on and helping clear my mind, but also the benefits physically were fantastic.
“Two years later I was five stone lighter and I decided to fulfil a lifelong dream of wanting to be a dancer and chose to become a Zumba instructor.
“I’d never done anything like that before in my life and I wasn’t sure I could do it, but my daughter told me I’d be good and to go for it.
“I went to a class training day and it went from there.
“I’m relaunching my classes under the new name DAnncerSiZe where all women can dance themselves thin.
“Everyone has something they would change about their body and sometimes it can feel like a mammoth task. But DAnncerSiZe allows women of all ages,shapes and sizes to feel fantastic while having a good time.
“It is a lot of fun and it is a great place for women to feel free for an hour and forget everyday life. There are no cliques and everyone goes at their own pace.
“Some women never get it but just come along because they enjoy it. It tends to appeal to women over 30 and is suitable for all levels of fitness. I just recommend that people wear sensible trainers.
“It is a mix of South American dances like cha-cha-cha and salsa, and it doesn’t matter if you have two left feet.
“It’s my guilty pleasure and I’m a different woman. I feel the best I’ve ever felt and it’s all due to dance. It’s hard to make that first step but I can honestly say it’s changed my life.
“Age is never a reason not to do something.”
Currently Ann runs two classes in Corby, one in the Beanfield Community Centre on Tuesdays from 6.45pm and one at the Ennerdale Centre at 6.30pm.
She said: “I’m looking to change the Ennerdale venue to somewhere bigger, I get about 10 to 20 women and need a bit more space.”
For more details about the classes email Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07746 14191.