Freshwater group dancing back to wellbeing

DanceMakers – Independent Arts

Press Release 5 November 2021

In the wake of Covid-19 restrictions, people in West Wight are being given the opportunity to have fun and dance their way back to improved mental and physical wellbeing, with the reopening of Independent Arts’ DanceMakers group in Freshwater this month.

Brenda Rowe is one of the pre-lockdown participants who is delighted that the gentle, creative dance sessions are back:

“DanceMakers is good because it keeps you supple. When you’re older, that’s important… We’re not going to make it to Sadlers Wells, but we have a lot of fun.”

Another returning participant, Cherry Collins, says she missed the friendship and the fun while DanceMakers was closed:

“Michelle is such a nice teacher. I love the company and the gentle exercise.”

Practitioner Michelle Hainsworth explains why dancing is more important now than ever:

“I have been reading research which shows how lockdown has seriously affected the confidence of older people and has had a real impact on mental and physical health, to the extent that people might have become wobbly even getting out of a chair. Physical ability has definitely declined. It’s so important that people get active again.”

Michelle hopes that more people will join the group for gentle, creative dance, specifically designed to improve balance, co-ordination, muscle strength, memory and confidence. It takes place at Freshwater Parish Hall on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 12pm.

DanceMakers Freshwater is one of a number of singing and dance programmes run by Island-based charity, Independent Arts, at various locations around the Island, including a popular SingAbout session at Freshwater Memorial Hall on Mondays 10.15am – 12.15pm. Please call 01983 822437 for more information or to book your place on one of these sessions.