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Stepping out to new year health with launch of new dance programme
- 06 January 2015
The session will then take place every Saturday at the same time and is designed for all ages, from 14 and over. Described as combining Indian rhythms and easy to follow moves the weekly session will cost £2.
The Bollywood session is part of a planned programme of dance sessions in Link4Life centres being launched as part of a new year campaign to get adults more active.
The 'More than Dance' programme is aimed at anyone over 14 years old and will provide low cost weekly sessions in a wide range of dance styles.
A second new session will start on Monday 12 January at Heywood Civic Centre with a free taster, designed for the 40 plus age range. This 'Dancing Resequenced' session puts a new spin on the more traditional ballroom and latin dances and is for anyone who wishes to dance, both couples and singles, novices or experts. The session will run weekly from 12noon-3pm and cost £2.50.
Link4Life has been awarded nearly £48,000 of Sport England Lottery money to help fund the eighteen month programme which will eventually 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" and improve their general health and fitness.
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 a number of 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."
To find out more about these and other dance sessions in the pipeline, contact Shirley Waller at Link4Life by ringing 01706 926236 or visit www.link4life.org/morethandance .