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Rec Notes for Aug. 26, 2011

Join the party with Zumba fitness in fall

Posted: August 25, 2011 11:05 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For anyone who hates to exercise, Zumba will feel more like a Salsa party than a workout. Zumba has a fast, energetic workout that is fun and addictive. You get lost in the music and dance and don’t realize you’re getting such a great workout!  This is a great remedy for anyone looking for a fat-burning pick-me-up with a positive energy blast that will leave you feeling happy and energized. 

Zumba is not difficult and anyone can, and should, experience it. It’s a Latin-inspired cardio dance fitness class that incorporates many different dance styles and international music rhythms to provide one amazing high calorie burn workout. No dance skills are required to participate in the class. Our classes are created to apply for all fitness levels, whether you are just starting out in finding a healthier life-style or you are already extremely active.

Zumba targets the glutes, legs, arms and abs, all while burning calories through an interval workout of fast and slow movements.

The class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class fees are $7 for one class (walk-in); $20 per month for one day a week; and $35 per month for two days a week.

The class is instructed by Jennifer Craft. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department office with a minimum of 10 enrolled in the session. The target start date is Sept. 7. Call 425-6010 for more information.

Referees needed

The Rec Department is currently seeking individuals who are interested in officiating rec soccer and football. If you are interested, contact the Rec Department at 425-6009.

Adult softball

Rosters are still being accepted for teams that wish to enter the 2011 Fall Adult Softball League.

Coaches are asked to complete a roster form (which can be picked up at the Rec Department office) and return it along with all fees to the Recreation Department. Leagues offered include church and open CoED, Women’s and Men’s Church, Women’s and Men’s Open, and Women’s and Men’s Industrial.

Entry fee per team is $325 and the deadline for entry is Sept. 2. Call the Recreation Department for more information.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a physical exercise and martial art that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.

The free-flowing relaxation exercise consists of a special arrangement of movements known as the form. The form is many separate movements strung together to produce one continuous sequence lasting for several minutes. Within the form, there are five fundamental principles -- relaxation, Yin/Yang, turn waist, keep body upright and beautiful lady hands.

Combining the forms and principles of Tai Chi will help create overall good health. The word TAI means “great,” while CHI is translated as “vital energy or powerful life force.”

Relax and enjoy good health with the six-week course at the Old Armory. Classes will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, with the next session starting Sept. 12. The cost is $25 per person. Instructor is Taylor Chestnut.

Call the Rec Department office for more information.

Revised pool schedule

The Kershaw County Aquatic Center will shift to a part-time schedule beginning Saturday. The hours will be from 1:30 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only through Sept. 4 for season pass-holders.

Water-lovers can still take the plunge for water aerobics, offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The cost is $15 per week or $45 per month. Weather permitting, water aerobics will continue.

Adult lap swim will also be available from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Aug. 15. The cost is $20 per month for 30 minutes or $35 per month for one hour. Weather permitting, lap swim will continue.

Senior fitness classes

Group exercise classes for ages 55 and older is now offered.

Certified fitness instructor Susan Mullikin will provide a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional). All participants must be ambulatory and able to follow verbal cues in order to safely and effectively perform the exercises.

The class schedules are as follows: Mondays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rec Department building.

The cost is $20 per month, and pre-registration is required.

Line dance steps

The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here.

Line dance is a great stress reducer and emotional release as well as good exercise, providing much the same benefits as low-impact aerobics. Increase energy, improve strength and muscle tone. Age is no factor. And you can build your stamina while having fun. Come with a friend or spouse or come alone; you don’t need a partner for line dance.

Classes for beginners are from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Intermediate classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. The classes are held at the Recreation Department building.

A new morning beginner class will start Sept. 8, held at 9:30 a.m. each Thursday at the old armory.

The cost is $15 a month or $4 per class. Instructor for line dance is Ann Segars, licensed by BMI-ASCAP, National Teachers of Line Dance. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.


Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.

Classes are divided by age and offered each Wednesday. Topics include gym safety, mounts and dismounts, over, under and through, cartwheels, nutrition, strength, balance and coordination and working as a team.

The cost for the classes, held at the Recreation Department building, is $25 per month. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.


Want to get in shape without all the running, jumping and bouncing? Try Tonetics -- a deep-muscle exercise class involving walking, stretching, bar usage and more.

The purpose is to tone and lose inches, while working all major muscle groups to achieve an all-over muscle fitness.

The class meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Recreation Department building. The five-week course is offered at a cost of $20.

The instructor is Pam Boheler. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Ballroom dance

Learn to glide across the dance floor with ballroom dancing classes.

The class, for youth and adults, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Old Armory on DeKalb Street. August classes will concentrate on the Rumba. In September, the Tango takes center stage, while the Swing will be November’s focus. Wrapping up the year in December will be the Cha-Cha.

The cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple for the four-week session. Instructors will be Al and Kay Roberson. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.


Get a good workout while learning self defense methods with beginning Tae-Kwon-Do classes.

The classes are conducted each Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 6 to adults at the old armory. Children will learn self-confidence and self-discipline and adults will master self-defense while getting the ultimate workout. Instructor is Marvin Nelson of the Tae-Kwon-Do Academy in Lugoff.

The fee per month is $20 a month. Classes are held at the Recreation Department building. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

 (For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or 425-6010 or visit and click on departments and services.)


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