Specialist dance classes for over 55s are huge success

JPCT 13-07-12 S12280232X New dance and movement classes for residents run by NIA  at Maidment Court, Henfield -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 13-07-12 S12280232X New dance and movement classes for residents run by NIA at Maidment Court, Henfield -photo by Steve Cobb
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A specialist dance class for older people held every Friday in Steyning has been so successful that another has been launched in Henfield.

The oldest client at the Nia sessions from 11.30am-12.30pm at Dingemans Centre, Steyning, is 89 years old and many other over 55s attend on a regular basis.

It has been so successful that Donna Bailey, Older People’s Service Manager for Impact Initiatives, has started another class at Maidement Court in Henfield, also on Fridays, from 2-3pm.

She explained: “Nia is based on Based on 52 moves drawn from dance, martial arts and meditative arts such as yoga, and is set to a varied programme of uplifting music. Suitable for all ages, it can be adapted to any mobility and fitness level. It can be done either sitting on a chair or standing up, or a combination of both.”

Experts say that this form of dance clears the mind, leaves the body feeling good and lifts the spirits. It has all the benefits of a conventional exercise class, improved mobility, balance and cardiovascular fitness, but it also has the extra something which makes it special.

The Steyning class has been exceptionally popular. More people are welcome to go along and take part there, and also at Henfield,.