Want to up your exercise levels and have fun at the same time? Why not start dancing?
Nick Smurthwaite talked to some enthusiastic participants and found out more Of all the performing arts, Senior dances near me is the one that has emerged as the most therapeutic when it comes to staving off the mental and physical ravages of old age. Luckily, it is also the simplest All you need is a clear space, some inspirational music and the ability to move around to it.
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Even Senior dances near me than dancing in the privacy of your own home, however, is finding a local dance class to attend, where you could be introduced to different steps and styles, as well as making new friends. Anyone who has tried line dancing or the Charleston will tell you it is not something you can make up as you go along. She told me she has one year-old man who comes to one of her classes and is happy to learn and try anything.
Not all dance classes are just about exercise and fitness, though. The Company of Elders leftmade up of enthusiastic amateurs, was set up 20 years ago by the world-renowned Sadler's Wells theatre and is now good enough to give performances at home and abroad. Sheila has also taken dance classes to residential homes, on behalf of Age UK, and was struck by the positive response even by those who were virtually immobile.
Dance as therapy is not a new idea.
In earlier civilisations, dancing, religion, music and medicine were all inter-connected. People danced in the Middle Ages to ward off the bubonic plague although we're not sure how successful this waswhile the wild tarantella dance of Italy is believed to have originated as Senior dances near me cure for tarantula bites. Today our motivation to dance is simply to remain supple and have a good time into the bargain.
Above all else, says Simona, her classes must be fun and non-judgmental.
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