Newsplex - Heroes - Headlines

Stephanie's Heroes: Aerobic Dance Instructor

June 6, 2011

Three days a week for 30 years Pat Jones has been at the YMCA in Charlottesville teaching senior aerobic dance.

“They're just fun to be with. I love to dance, they love to dance and we just come and have a really good time. I don't think of myself as a hero. I think the heroes are the people that get up and go and do things," she said.

From weight lifting to dance moves, Jones knows how important it is to show seniors how to stay fit.

“It's just really important, especially as we, age that we stay fit and that we keep our aerobic exercise going because so often you just want to sit down because something hurts," she explained. "If you get up and keep going then everything feels better."

While the 50-and-up class might seem like all hard work, participants say they have fun while burning calories.

“It is a lot of fun, but it keeps me going,” remarked Silvia Lord.

Lord is 91. She's been taking Jones' class for 29 years and says she doesn't know what she would do without her instructor or this class.

“I feel that this has helped me be as old as I am. If you want to be old you want to feel good. So, I try to feel good,” she said.

Some students are new to the program and say it's helping them develop new friendships as well as better fitness habits.

“It makes you want to be here three mornings a week and if you don't come and you miss it you think 'ah I'm not gonna see my friends this morning,'” said Pat Shutts.

Because of Pat Jones these seniors are having experiences some people their age only dream about. She has stuck with this group for a long time teaching new routines and exchanging laughs and she plans to be there for many more years keeping these seniors on their toes.

Call 434-974-9622 for more information on senior aerobic dance.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 123217888