Drums Alive continues at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts


Drums Alive"Drums Alive" returns to St. Kieran Art Center. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Drums Alive is one of the latest innovations in fitness and wellness, a unique and different workout than you’ve ever tried before. It captures the essence of movement and rhythm combined with fun to deliver real fitness results. The choreographies are designed to burn fat, improve physical and mental fitness and above all, allow you to have some fun while doing it. If you’ve been meaning to do something for yourself and haven’t joined us yet, feel free to jump in as certified instructor Denise Doucette continues to share this amazingly fun fitness program at St. Kieran Arts Center.

Doucette is offering two session times: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The next six-week session starts on Nov. 29-30 and goes through the holidays. Both sessions will meet in the main hall of the arts center while the community room gets a face lift. For $60, Denise will provide the drum sticks, the exercise balls, music and guided instruction. Save $10 when you pre-register with full payment by the first class. Participants are required to sign a release of liability prior to participation.

Space is limited to 20 participants. Can’t make all six classes? Feel free to join in on the days that you can for $10 per class. The goal of the program is to improve lives through a unique sensory-motor drumming program involving drum sticks, an exercise ball and music. The primary goal of the Drums Alive program is creating a "whole mind, whole body" experience for all participating. Drums Alive will improve the quality of life for a wide variety of audiences including: mentally and physically challenged children, gifted and talented children, fit and healthy children and adults, children and adults with aggression issues, senior citizens, and patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other life-altering conditions.

Improvements will come through the use of principles from movement therapy, music and sound therapy, physical education/fitness and rhythmic education. The program provides a platform for socialization and a sense of belonging to a group, which has shown to improve motivation and fitness adherence. It allows for individual and creative expression through both verbal and non-verbal communication, provides a healthy way to release aggression and decrease stress, focusing on acceptance, respect and understanding of different cultural movements, rhythms and music.

As with any exercise program, check with your health care professional before making the commitment. For more information about Drums Alive, to purchase a membership or loyalty card or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds, contact the arts center at (603) 752-1028.