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New dance craze hitting Cheltenham could boost confidence

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

Right moves: Kelly Theyer, front, who is introducing a new dance class called Street Fit

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BODY shy people are being given the chance to boost their confidence and self-esteem at a new dance class.

And instructor Kelly Theyer, who is starting the new club in Cheltenham, believes the Street Fit lessons could revolutionise dance in the UK.

The genre, which follows in the footsteps of the Zumba phenomenon, is coming to Gloucestershire with Kelly starting the first class in the county next year.

Kelly, who owns Bishop's Cleeve street dance school Anneli, compared the dance form to urban aerobics.

And she hopes it will boost the confidence of her novice street fitters and bring the community together.

She said: "Fitness is just so good for your well-being and state of mind.

"It can help people with stress and emotional problems. And the great thing about Street Fit is that you can get a lot off your chest, just by dancing and not speaking to anybody."

Street fit works by training the upper and lower body, focussing on cardio exercises.

Just like Zumba, it is aimed at both men and women, with Kelly insisting you do not have to be a dance pro to join.

She added: "It's perfect for lots of people who have always felt street dance was too intimidating for them, but have liked the idea of it.

"I really feel Street Fit offers a platform for those nervous keep fitters who want to try something new but find it difficult to find the courage.

"Anneli is known in Cleeve as a friendly and welcoming school concerned with health, well-being and state of mind over competition and exams.

"Dancing is to express, not to impress."

Kelly is running three free Street Fit taster sessions this week. It will take place at Castle Hill Primary, Brockworth tomorrow from 6pm, then at Newland's Park in Bishop's Cleeve from 8.30pm. It will return to Newland's Park on Thursday at 8pm.

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