Your first class

Before you come to your first class, here is some information you should know:

THIS IS DANCE FITNESS

No dance experience required.  No natural rhythm required.  Moves are no impact and easy on the knees with smooth transitions.  Zumba® is an exercise class disguised as a dance party where you move, groove, and shake it at your own pace to international rhythms.  Hot Hula® (coming in 2023) differs from the free-styling Zumba Gold® in that classes are more structured in movement and format.

Zumba Gold® is a kinder, gentler version of Zumba® fitness, designed for those of us who can’t move the way we used to.  Based in Latin rhythms, the playlist will take you around the world. 

Hot Hula Fitness® is coming in 2023. This dance fitness format is based on the rhythms of the South Pacific.  Because the songs tell a story, moves are specific and controlled. Once you are comfortable with the basic moves, those moves will be used to choreograph the story (the siva).

THIS IS ME

I am a young senior with a sports background.  From aerobics to boxing to ice hockey to skiing, I was a sports enthusiast until a ski injury at 15.  The injury led to 2 knee operations before I graduated high school, then degenerative osteoarthritis and a rare inflammatory disease.  A knee replacement at 50 gave me back a lot of my mobility, and Zumba Gold® put fitness back in my life.  I will have to deal with the inflammatory disease for the rest of my life.  I dance because it’s fun, I can, and I must (staying active minimizes the effects of my inflammatory disease). 

I understand the limitations of injury and aging and know that as long as we keep moving, it doesn’t matter if it’s graceful, on beat, or a little funky. 

CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED

… for fun and safety. Although restrictions have been lifted, I have made the decision to maintain smaller classes to give you room to move about freely.  This size limit (12) allows at least 7 sq meters per person.

REGISTRATION AND SIGN-IN

Registration via email is required before your first class. You will receive a “Fit to Participate” questionnaire at your first class, to be completed and returned at or before the next class. Completion is required annually. (The questionnaire is a requirement of my insurance company.)

Punch cardholders and drop-ins should book their spots via email as soon as possible. Once the month’s passes are allocated, the number of spots available will be posted on the Kiwa Facebook page.

Everyone will have to “sign in” in person before each class. This confirms your continued fitness to participate in classes and is proof of attendance for any contests that may be going on.

PAYMENT

Noncontact prepayment is preferred via e-transfer. Cash will be accepted prior to class (if you are paying by cash, please arrive a few minutes early).

RATES ARE AFFORDABLE

…and the same for all classes.  A monthly commitment of $40 guarantees you a spot on the dance floor. Have an irregular schedule, punch cards (5 for $25, 10 for $40, or 20 for $60) offer great per class rates but don’t guarantee you a spot. Can’t commit, pending space availability, the drop-in rate is $7 per class. 

Kiwa Dance Fitness reserves the right to limit the number of monthly passes available.

NEW ENTRANCE

Please enter through the Dancer Entrance. The old lobby has been converted into Innovate’s dancers’ retail outlet.  Classes are in Studio A, to the right when you exit the changing area.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Kiwa Dance Fitness complies with the prevailing public health orders in the Province of British Columbia and those of our host facility, Innovate Dance Arts. Please email if you are unsure of what those may be at the present time.

Note: At the current time based on EHS recommendations, CPR cannot be performed.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

You should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes with a smoother sole.  Please feel free to wear belly dance (jingle) hip scarves (they really boost your hip movements) or a pareo over your leggings (for a little island flair).  You should also bring a water bottle and towel.

Updated: July 2022

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