‘Let it all go and be sexy’: the Asian aunties exploring their sensuality through Zumba

In this Melbourne gym, an army of middle-aged women are finding confidence in the chest shimmies and ‘slut drops’ of the high-energy dance regimeGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailI remember the first time I saw my mum attempt a body roll. The room was lit with multicoloured fluorescent flashing bulbs and we weren’t alone – we were in a Zumba dance class with 40 other bodies sweating it out in activewear. And there was my 61-year-old Chinese mum, coiling her torso back and forth like I had never seen.I had been to Zumba before but had dismissed it as a novelty exercise featuring a giddy instructor in a wireless headset and clashing prints. But, in this unassuming gym in Melbourne’s south-east, it felt different. The odour of sweat was the same, the dance routines were familiar, but in the front rows of the class were a dozen or so Asian “aunties” – middle-aged women – gyrating their hips in time to the music. Continue reading...

‘Let it all go and be sexy’: the Asian aunties exploring their sensuality through Zumba

In this Melbourne gym, an army of middle-aged women are finding confidence in the chest shimmies and ‘slut drops’ of the high-energy dance regime

I remember the first time I saw my mum attempt a body roll. The room was lit with multicoloured fluorescent flashing bulbs and we weren’t alone – we were in a Zumba dance class with 40 other bodies sweating it out in activewear. And there was my 61-year-old Chinese mum, coiling her torso back and forth like I had never seen.

I had been to Zumba before but had dismissed it as a novelty exercise featuring a giddy instructor in a wireless headset and clashing prints. But, in this unassuming gym in Melbourne’s south-east, it felt different. The odour of sweat was the same, the dance routines were familiar, but in the front rows of the class were a dozen or so Asian “aunties” – middle-aged women – gyrating their hips in time to the music.

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