Dancing the summer away

Felice Danielson and Jen Gilmore teach a free Zingalingz class to more than 100 kids during field day at Plantsville School. The local class is aimed at kids of every fitness and ability level.

Felice Danielson and Jen Gilmore teach a free Zingalingz class to more than 100 kids during field day at Plantsville School. The local class is aimed at kids of every fitness and ability level.

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

If you’re looking for a healthy, fun way for your kids to stay active this summer, Southington has a busy schedule of kid-friendly exercise. Felice Danielson, owner and director of Circle of Friends Music Together and Zing Fit Zumba at 447 North Main St., has opened a third business, Zingalingz.

With partner Jen Gilmore, Danielson teaches children, aged 5 to 12, in a “music and movement program which incorporates exercise, dance choreography, fitness activities, and games.”

Danielson, a Southington native, has been planning for Zingalingz for quite some time, but was waiting to find the right partner before opening this year. Gilmore, a Zumba instructor and ABA paraprofessional at Hatton Elementary School, was the perfect fit to make sure children of all needs could work out and be involved.

“It was my vision to have a true fusion of fitness and music for children,” said Danielson.

On the fitness side, Danielson said kids who attend the class each week can expect to see an overall improvement in their health. Kids will increase their flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, and stamina. Danielson said Zingalingz can also help children who may be overweight, have poor posture, or need to improve on balance and coordination.

Along with getting healthy, Danielson said Zingalingz is designed to help kids grow and improve in a number of ways. The group class aims to encourage socialization and communication skills.

“At Zingalingz, children take an inner experience and move it into a shared creative experience,” she said.

Over the course of the hour long class, Danielson said “children learn about themselves and others by working out together, listening to each other and tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing, dancing, and working as a group and discovering their inner resources.”

Zingalingz is offered Tuesdays at 5:30p.m., and one week day morning per week at Circle of Friends studio.

Parents are welcome to join in the fun. “With our busy schedules it was our vision to have parents set aside 45 minutes per week to work out with their kids,” said Danielson, but drop offs are also welcome.

The Southington Recreation Department will be offering Zumba Kids classes for children ages 4 to 12 years old, described by the department as “high-energy fitness parties with specially choreographed kid friendly routines.”

The classes will be held at the Bliss Dance & Wellness Center, 991 South Main St. In Plantsville. The 45-minute classes will run on Monday evenings from July 11 through Aug. 22, at 5 p.m.  Cost is $35 per child and pre-registration is required.

For more information call (860) 276-6219 or visit www.southington.org/zumbakids.

Photos by TAYLOR HARTZ

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