Late Sunday afternoon, six children ages 6 to 12 bounced on their toes to “Cupid Shuffle,” singing and spinning with outstretched arms to the instructor’s counts of four.
Susana Ramsey, a certified Zumba instructor, smiles as she teaches the children how to skip in place to the beat and introduces children to salsa and meringue.
At ZumbAtomic Fitness for Kids, held every Sunday for four weeks, children go the Chapel Hill Community Center gym to learn about Latin American culture through dance and exercise.
Ten children are registered for the class, which is offered by the town parks and recreation department.
Chapel Hill Community Center Supervisor Lisa Baaske said the program is a success despite the small turnout.
“We think it’s a great number to start out with for a first-time program,” Baaske said. “Last week, we had several walk-ins, and we may have a few more this week.”
The program’s small turnout isn’t uncommon. Several community programs hosted by Chapel Hill have started with a very small number of participants, Baaske said.
But town Assistant Director of Recreation Operation Jim Orr said the town is working on improving marketing for its programs.
“We’re the first ones to tell you that our marketing program lacks, and we are working on that and trying to develop, not just for programs, but for parks and other facilities as well,” Orr said.