** Live classes now running in Winchcombe and Cheltenham.** (Tuesday class continues online, with last session on 22nd June)
The online classes were a great way to keep active during lockdown but we are delighted to have returned to face to face classes.
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Weekly classes (term-time only)
Mondays - 2pm - 3pm Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe GL54 5QH
Tuesdays *online until 22nd June - 2pm - 2.40pm (returns to Tewkesbury in September)
Wednesdays - 2pm - 3pm Salem Baptist Church, 129 St Georges Rd, Cheltenham GL50 3EQ
If you or someone you know are living with Parkinson's disease or MS, these classes are a great way of enjoying the social side of dancing whilst knowing the exercises are specifically designed to help alleviate some of your symptoms. Warming up with simple hand and foot exercises, before moving on to more energetic numbers; the class includes tongue twisters and an uplifting group dance too. Dancing can help with balance, posture and fluidity of movement as well as making you feel good! Music is from a range of genres, from classical to modern to allow for different tempos of dance. Tutor Sarah Hartley will soon have you moving and grooving.
Why not come along for a trial? Your first two sessions will be free of charge, allowing you to get used to the format before you start paying. And a friend or carer can come along too (and join in!) for a suggested donation of £1 to help cover costs.
Contact Sarah on 01242 603207 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes usually include 15 mins for refreshments and a natter after an uplifting dance session though this is sadly not currently available due to extra Covid precautions.
The session is mainly seated with 15/20minutes of standing/travelling work at the end. However all the movement that is done standing is adapted for those individuals who wish to remain seated. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace. We cover a range of dance styles and the aim is to take part for the joy that dancing brings.
**Please note extra precautions will be in place due to Covid-19 and refreshments are not currently available. Masks must be worn to enter and leave the building but may be removed for the class. Please arrive 10 mins beforehand to help stagger entry times. **
To find out more about the benefits the class can give, why not watch the following clip, from when BBC Points West visited us!