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New dance programme takes steps to improve health
- 12 November 2014
A new programme of dance sessions in Link4Life centres will be launched in December as part of a new year campaign to get adults more active in the Rochdale borough.
The 'More than Dance' project is aimed at anyone over 16 years old and will provide low cost weekly sessions in a wide range of dance styles.
Link4Life has been awarded nearly £48,000 of Sport England Lottery money to help fund the eighteen month programme which will take place in centres across the borough.
Building on the popularity of such programmes as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent, the sessions aim to be fun, friendly and sociable and are designed to encourage people who perhaps currently do not take part in any regular physical activity to "get dancing".
Announcing the new project, Health Activity Co-ordinator at Link4Life, Shirley Waller, said, "Dance is currently the fastest growing art form and for many people who are currently very inactive it is proving to be a popular alternative to other forms of exercise. It is a great way to look and feel good and a real benefit to overall health."
The Sport England funding is part of a three-year £2 million project, called 'Make Your Move', which aims to increase opportunities to participate in physical activity in innovative and creative ways. The Sport England National Lottery funding is being distributed by Sporta, the representative body for leisure and cultural trusts in the UK. Leisure trusts, like Link4Life, are able to apply for up to £50,000 and 29 different projects throughout the UK are now being supported.
Leisure trusts are not-for-profit organisations, which means that all profits are ploughed back into services at a local level. Chair of Trustees at Link4Life, Clint Street, said, "The funding that we have received from Sport England via the Sporta 'Make Your Move' campaign, plays a vital role in securing participation in physical activity for our local community. It allows us to offer enhanced services to local people and further develop participation in physical activity in this area."
The new 'More than Dance' programme will include dance sessions such as Just Jhoom, a fusion between Bollywood and Banghra, Strictly Latin, Ravercise, a high energy 'rocksteady' DJ style dance session, Street Fit and Cheerobics, cheerleading style dance sessions. To find out more about these and other dance sessions contact Shirley Waller at Link4Life by ringing 01706 926236.