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Strictly Come Dancing fever grips the nation every Autumn and Winter on our TV’s as we watch the celebrities and their amazing dance partners perform stunning, sparkly ballroom-inspired routines week after week in the lead up to the festive season.

With this in mind, and the fact that I personally LOVE anything that involves twirling around the floor, easy yet fun routines, glitter, bright colours and fabulous music I decided to sign up straight away and get trained up to deliver the brand new Strictly Come Dancing-inspired workout called ‘FitSteps’ devised by Strictly starts Ian Waite and Natalie Low and Strictly competitor and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster.

FitSteps is based entirely on basic ballroom and Latin moves to get you toned, fit and super lean fast.  And, unlike the actual ballroom dancing, you don’t need a partner or any dance experience at all – RESULT!  The class itself is fuses the graceful steps of ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin to create an energetic, easy-to-follow and effective way to get your fit and trim.

FitSteps incorporates Dancing and dancing uses every part of your body, and you use muscles you wouldn’t usually use: the small supporting muscles and of course all of the muscles in your legs. No matter how many classes you do, after a FitSteps class you will discover parts of your body that you never will have had before, feel toned, elongated and invigorated too.

FitSteps is also for older adults, adults and children alike, as it helps improve communication skills, standing properly and proper posture, taking direction, being more controlled and more coordinated. Some other classes don’t necessarily give you these skills, and these are very important for everything that we do in our lives – you might even class it as functional training.


(Stevenage Lifestyles FitSteps Class – left and Ware Drill Hall FitSteps 50+ - right)

FitSteps is an all over body workout.  You can expect to try that upbeat steps and rhythms of Samba and the Jive.  Or be surprised how much you like the Waltz because you can feel it conditioning, slower and more rhythmical pace plus you are really working the legs and toning them at the same time.  Or even the Paso Doble, where you need taution through the arms and it’s more artistic and creative.  When you are learning to dance you don’t always know what you’re doing but as you follow the steps and moves to the fabulous music you are working up a sweat, burning calories and getting fit at the same time.

FitSteps is not overly energetic to the point where you are totally out of breath – it’s more of a slow burner. I will be teaching technique, the basic Waltz, the basic Cha Cha Cha, the Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba, Charleston, Salsa and you’ll have done a warm up and a cool down too.

Mel from FitHaven is really excited to be launching her style of ‘FitSteps’ in STEVENAGE and HERTFORD in 2015.  These sessions will take place at:

Hertford United Reform Church Hall, Cowbridge, (FitSteps 50+), Wednesday Afternoons, 2 to 3pm (£3 charge)
Stevenage Lifestyles, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Friday mornings, 10.30 to11.15am (£4.80 charge - contact them direct to book)

COMING SOON - Nobel Venues, Nobel School, Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage, Thursday evenings - Contact Mel for more info...

Prices vary according to each venue and are all Pay As You Go. To enquire or to book contact Mel on mobile: 07900 823553, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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