Way back in 1981, I noticed an ad for Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing in the newspaper, and I went along with a friend to try it. I was immediately hooked, and I'm still dancing! When I moved to a new area, one of the first things I did was find out where the closest Jacki's class was, and join. I was delighted when an instructor came to work at the school where I taught, and conducted classes in the school hall after work. I went to these classes as well as my usual ones.
The classes are not competitive, and never become boring because each term brings new music and a new set of dances. I hate to miss a class, but if I do, I can always take advantage of the many other class times and venues available. As well as enjoying the exercise benefits, it's great to be able to forget the stresses of the day and just focus on the music and the dances.
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing has been a very important part of my life for a long time. I know I'll have to stop dancing one day, but it's not going to be any time soon. (The friend who joined with me danced for fifteen years at Jacki's classes, until she moved interstate.)
I have been attending classes for 5 years and have found the combination of both the physical and mental effort different to other forms of exercise. The physical rewards of doing this type of exercise are well documented but it is the exercising of the brain that I find exciting. Learning new routines and dances each term improves my memory skills and concentration.
The structure of the class is appealing as it incorporates warm up activities, floor exercises, a new dance and a cool down routine. I feel at the end of each class that I have had a ‘whole’ body workout.
I find the flexibility to attend a class each week on different days and venues allows for family and work commitments to be more easily arranged.
The instructor and people in the class are very encouraging and the environment is non judgemental and supportive. I always leave a class planning when I can go back for the next one!
Having danced since the age of five (when my first solo performance on the stage of the local theatre was appearing as a dandelion in yards of yellow and green net), performing and eventually teaching dance at two universities in northern England and English Dance Theatre's school, the fact I am still able to dance two to three times a week as a recreational pursuit is wonderful.
I love the way Jacki's classes for each term are organised; the short warm up, floor work, 'booster' and never ending variety of lovely dances means that we can all work our way through the class and achieve a sense of pleasure and enjoyment at the same time as increasing our fitness levels. This sense of enjoyment is demonstrated by the numbers of my fellow dancers who can be seen attending the class week after week, and year after year.
Aside from your excellent teaching style, the music and choreography you use in class are truly inspirational and help to keep my muscles, co-ordination and heart working in harmony. When I went back to the UK last year to take a class of my old students from 21 years ago, I was amazed how the music and the choreography had remained in their minds after all these years--the connection between the music and the movement is strong and is one of the reasons why I enjoy your classes so much. I hope to be able to continue dancing with you for many years to come.
(Dr) Charlotte Smedley
I have been going to Jacki's Aerobic Dancing since 1991. It has been a most enjoyable way to keep fit and maintain an active lifestyle. The sessions are conducted in a non competitive and friendly manner, catering to everyone regardless of dance or sports background. There is no pressure to perform.
Each term is different so participants can enjoy a lot of variety. The flexibility of attendance patterns and locations is most helpful in a busy life.
I think the length of time many of us have been going to aerobic dancing reflects its high standard. The sessions promote well being, enhance energy levels and contribute to health in a fun way. I would highly recommend Jacki's Aerobic Dancing.
I think my friends and colleagues are thoroughly over my enthusiasm for Jacki Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing classes. I just can't seem to keep my mouth shut when someone complains of being overweight or of feeling tired and lethargic. Why don't you come to Aerobic Dancing classes? I suggest. Many have done so over the 14 years I have been attending, rarely missing their twice or thrice per week workout. This among people juggling jobs, businesses, family life, community work and childbirth! I've come to the conclusion that such a commitment is no great mystery. Jacki's classes are fun and inexpensive. They change every 10-week term offering variety in the music, exercises and dances introduced. Jacki's classes are also safe.
They follow a format of floorwork (crunches and stretches), light leg and arm weight exercises, and then several dance routines that get your heart pumping and your endorphins flowing. I really don't know how I would have survived life's challenges of the last 14 years without it!
Dr Toni Schofield
Faculty of Health Sciences
The University of Sydney
About three years ago I stumbled on an ad for Jacki's in the local paper. After a few trial classes I was hooked with the program's total body work out, use of weights and dance routines where you could lose yourself in the music and add your own touches if you wanted to. There are even times when that performance bug takes over and I commit a routine to memory and dance it like a performance. The people in the classes are warm and friendly and the level of instruction where I attend is exceptional. My only regret is that I can't fit another class into my weekly routine.
Sharon Saad B.A..Dip Ed. M.A. Grad. Dip. Counselling. M.A.P.S.
In 1981, at age 41 and living on the low side of a hill, I got winded just walking to my letterbox. I knew I needed exercise but hated the very thought of it. I'd never have gone to my first Jacki's class had the ad said exercise. But it said dancing. I loved dancing--what little I knew--but nobody had ever taught me how. My dictionary told me aerobic meant with air, with oxygen but not that Jacki's Aerobic Dancing would revolutionise my life. Attending classes twice a week, within my first term I lost an inch on all my measurements and my recovery heart rate dropped by four beats per minute. I now had more energy than I'd had in my 20s. Miraculously, this was all happening without my even realising it, just as a side effect of doing something I loved. I've now been dancing with Jacki for 30 years, nearly 10 of them as an instructor, and every class has been a joy.