Adults with disabilities can register now for low-impact Zumba exercise classes at West Virginia University.

Summer enrollment is open in this unique program called Zumba Gold, to be offered in Room 171 at the Coliseum on WVU s Evansdale Campus in Morgantown.

Classes will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning May 20 and ending June 24. The classes are being offered through the Lifetime Activities Program in WVU s School of Physical Education.

The low-impact, Latin dance aerobic class is open to adults with disabilities, adults whose physical abilities have declined or people who just need some toning.

Zumba has become so popular due to the lively movements and upbeat style of music,said Barbara Griffin, Zumba Gold certified course instructor.I wanted to offer classes to adults with all levels of physical ability.

The classes allow individuals to tone and tighten muscles while sitting in a chair. Griffin experienced the need for a specially designed Zumba class first-hand last summer. She was unable to exercise for several weeks and came up with the idea while she was recuperating.

With chair classes, students can experience the same benefits of the original Zumba classes, Griffin said. The classes provide a workout that will not aggravate existing medical conditions, while providing a fun, dance party-type atmosphere.

To register for classes or for more information, contact WVU s Lifetime Activities Program at 304-293-3295 ext. 5252 or visit