Strictly stars’ new fitness workout hot stepping its way to Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:54 07 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:54 07 May 2013

Top coach Rhiannon Sparrow with Strictly Come Dancing's Ian Waite

Top coach Rhiannon Sparrow with Strictly Come Dancing's Ian Waite


Strictly Come Dancing stars have begun a brand new fitness dance craze which is already hot stepping its way to the borough with a former European dancing champion leading the way.

Fitsteps, created by Strictly dance stars Ian Waite and Nathalie Lowe along with world champion swimmer and former Stictly contestant Mark Foster, is fitness with a twist.

Following in the footsteps of Zumba it incorporates basic steps from the ballroom and Latin dancing styles.

The craze doesn’t officially go live until September but Barking and Dagenham’s own 2012 sports coach of the year Rhiannon Sparrow is one of just 70 Fitsteps pioneers – trained by Strictly’s Ian – already putting the moves into her dance fitness classes.

“It’s ballroom and Latin steps in a fitness class,” explains Rhiannon of Martin Road, Dagenham.

The 28-year-old is a former European dance champion (winning in 1996) in Fitsteps adopted styles plus old time and freestyle disco.

The mother-of-one was coached by another Strictly favourite, Len Goodman.

“He was brilliant exactly like he is on TV. I would train with him several times a week – pretty much every single day I was dancing and then Sundays were competition days,” said Rhiannon.

Already a Zumba (Latin dance fitness class) instructor she says Fitsteps is suitable for everyone, adding: “I have got people who say they have two left feet but they love it.”

But she claims those from a dance background will enjoy it even more because they will pick up on the technique quicker and be able to focus on refining the steps.

“If that isn’t enough, it’s also a tummy trembling, leg wobbling workout that’ll leave you toned and trim in no time.

“It tires out all your muscles.

“It also helps with your posture because it is very elegant and straightens up your back,” adds Rhiannon.

Visit or call 07980 077618 to find out more about Rhiannon’s coaching sessions in Barking and Dagenham and see for more on the latest dance fitness craze.

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