Students enjoy Zumba class
By Holly Neumann
With Zumba classes being so successful at the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness and Aquatic Center, the decision was made to expand the program to grades 2-4.
“Zumba is a big hit with adults and high school students and we wanted to spread the love of dance and movement to the younger students,” said Cheryl Ziemann, who teaches the class with Iola-Scandinavia High School students Jayden Podgorny and Emily Krosberg. “We came up with the idea of hosting a dance party twice a week after school to improve the students’ overall physical fitness through dance. Hence, Let’s Dance was born.”
The students seem to love it.
“It’s really active and a lot of fun,” said Masina Rueter, 8. “My favorite part is when we get to show off our dance moves.”
“I like dancing a lot,” added Olivia Schwirtz, 9. “Sometimes, it’s a lot harder than it looks.”
Ziemann said the response to the class has been extremely positive.
“Sixteen students signed up for the class,” she said. “The students come and leave with a smile. They often ask to repeat their favorite song before they leave. Parents have stated that their child was so excited that they talked nonstop about the program when they got home.”
Most of the kids agreed that their favorite song is “Kung Fu Fighting.”
“I like doing to punching move,” Baylee Donavan said.
“Yeah, saying the ‘Who Ha’ sound is a lot of fun,” Schwirtz added.
The hope for the students is that they build their confidence and physical fitness through the love of dance.
“Developing good physical fitness habits early in life will lead to a life of less stress and wellness throughout life,” Ziemann said. “Finding a fun activity that students enjoy is the key to increase confidence and fitness levels. It is very important for a child to find an activity that not only helps them to de-stress, but also adds to good old fun-at-play, which is our main goal for Let’s Dance.
Ziemann, Podgorny and Krosberg, are honored to lead the students in dance in a fun atmosphere.
“Look for a follow up to Let’s Dance program to be offered this summer,” Ziemann said.