Jiggle Jam: South Ballajura students get jiggly with it


Amelia Hebbard, Phoenix Reid, Brett Fairweather from Jiggle Jam, Abbigail Fleming and Tyler Crawford. Picture: David Baylis
Amelia Hebbard, Phoenix Reid, Brett Fairweather from Jiggle Jam, Abbigail Fleming and Tyler Crawford. Picture: David Baylis

SOUTH BALLAJURA Education Support Centre students learnt an exercise and musical routine created by a former aerobic world champion at a music and fitness festival last week.

This year marked the centre’s third anniversary of participating in the Jiggle Jam Festival, a program focusing on keeping kids fit while having fun.

Jiggle Jam founder and two-time world champion Brett Fairweather said South Ballajura’s students, staff and carers enjoyed learning a new “exercise to music” routine.

“It was a lot of fun and laughter and the kids were really enjoying it,” he said.

“It incorporates music and dance elements, the songs that kids relate to and the moves are relatively simple but not too simple so it is enough of a challenge.

“We try to make some of our routines actually quite energetic so they get a sweat out by lifting their legs and jumping.”

Fairweather said the program focused on fitness rather than dance.

“They have to listen to the music to hear the timing and they have to remember the sequences of moves,” he said.

“They have to use their memory, their timing and all the moves require coordination.”

About 30 education support centres that participated in the program.