“I started zumba about four years ago. It’s different from most sports I’ve taken up. There’s something about zumba that’s worth sharing,” said Cecilia Chan, the aerobics instructor of the Perak Senior Citizens Club.
On Sunday, July 10, the club organised a Raya-themed zumba party, where Cecilia choreographed dance steps to the tunes of P. Ramlee and classic Raya songs. About 30 members of the club joined in the fun.
After some energy-sapping movements on the floor they took a break while the club’s resident band played on. As they tucked in the sumptuous potluck spread, oldies like the evergreen ‘Getaran Jiwa’ were sung much to the delight of those present.
“My students are 65 and above. The oldest is 83 years old. This gutsy lady is able to dance like anyone half her age. It’s both inspiring and exciting, looking at them enjoying what they do. They’re happy to be here,” Cecilia told Ipoh Echo.
Kong and Jackyln, who became acquainted while out shopping, had this to say about the aerobics class.
“I met Kong at the market and she brought me here. It’s only my second time here and I am beginning to love it already. I like Cecilia. She’s not only friendly but bubbly too. She makes it worthwhile being part of the class,” Jackyln said.
The aerobics class is held every Sunday between 2.30pm to 3.30pm within the club premises located at No. 2 & 2A, Lintasan Perajurit 11B, Taman Ipoh Timur, Ipoh.
The class is free of charge. It is Cecilia’s contribution to society having been once an active player in the aged-care industry.
Besides zumba classes, the Perak Senior Citizen Club also offers karaoke-singing sessions and ballroom dancing classes, to name a few. Membership is open to Perakeans above 50 years old. Those interested can call the club at 05 547 0387 for details.