Strictly Come Dancing stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite took a break from performing in Belfast recently to lend their support to a local charity fundraiser being organised by Glengormley woman Kylee McElkerney.
‘Zumba Odyssey Belfast’, which will take place at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday, June 16, is expected to be Northern Ireland’s biggest ever Zumbathon event, with all proceeds going towards two local charities - FIDA NI, which raises money to build schools and feeding centres in Ethiopia, and the Mark Pollock Trust.
Natalie and Ian, who joined event organisers Kylee McElkerney and Julie McCartney for a photo shoot to promote the event, revealed that they are keen Zumba enthusiasts and teach classes when not performing on the hit BBC TV show.
The Zumba fitness craze has taken the world by storm over the past 12 months. A hypnotic and addictive combination of Latin American beats and dance styles such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton, belly dancing and hip hop fuse together to create a high energy party workout.
Kylee, a popular and inspirational Zumba instructor from Glengormley, says the Odyssey fundraiser will be an exciting evening of non stop, high energy fun.
“The reason I love teaching Zumba is that no matter how hard people are working they always have a smile on their face. Zumba is for everyone and a great way to get fit while enjoying yourself and meeting new people.
“Personally I’m delighted to be involved with the event in the Odyssey as it will give me and lots of other local instructors a great chance to show a wider audience why we love Zumba so much, and all for a good cause.”
The event is open to everyone over the age of 16, and tickets priced just £10 each are now on sale from the Odyssey Arena box office and Ticketmaster outlets.
For more information log on to facebook/ZumbaOdysseyArena.