of a collaboration between two of the UK’s most famous ballroom dancers and Britain’s
most successful swimmer!
During the long, arduous dance training sessions that are an integral part of Britain’s
most successful entertainment show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, Natalie Lowe, Mark Foster
and Ian Waite had a great idea.
They decided to mix the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the
Latin dances together to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay
fit and keep trim that would appeal to everyone, even if they couldn’t dance. A dance
fitness programme that is ‘so much fun you don’t even realise you’re getting fit!’
And FitSteps® is unique. It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances
have been brought together with proven fitness techniques and principles to create
not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal, but one that also
has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.
The important point to note is the distinction between the plethora of dance classes
that exist and FitSteps®. FitSteps® is a fitness class, delivered through dance.
The programme is based around twelve of the most popular Latin and Ballroom dances
and the first class that we’ve launched has elements of six of these dances – Jive,
Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz and Quickstep.
The dances are broken down into easily learnable sections and each section is capable
of being delivered at varying levels of effort, accommodating people of varying levels
of fitness. They appeal to all age ranges and classes can be run for mixed age groups