Councilor Gerberg gets seniors on their feet through music
Sandy City Councilor Olga Gerberg is on the move. Now, besides offering her talents and influence to the Sandy Public Library Advisory Board and City Council, Gerberg has danced her way onto the class schedule at the Sandy Senior Center.
Starting earlier this month, Gerberg began teaching "Moves and Grooves," a dance exercise class for senior citizens at the 38348 Pioneer Blvd. center. The class is just under an hour long and takes place at 11 a.m. every Friday.
Gerberg said the purpose of the class is somewhat self-serving, but mostly meant to help other senior citizens in her community by offering a fun and not-too-rigorous form of exercise.
"I'm not getting any younger," Gerberg said. "When I talk about healthy cities, you think about young people. I think by doing this 'Moves and grooves,' it will help us be healthier."
Five people attended Gerberg's first class, grooving to her mix of upbeat Latin songs. Each dance focused on working a different part of the body, and the moves increasingly got more complex.
"I just want you to discover the potential we have," Gerberg said as she greeted her first class.
The class imitates Zumba, but with obvious modifications. Gerberg wanted the activity to be fun and a good workout, but also tailored to her demographic.
"My passion is always wanting to be involved and do more for the community," she noted. "It's not about me only, but why not help me and help others."
For more information about the class, call the Senior Center at 503-668-5569.