I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published March 25th 2018
Any article on ageing will suggest regular exercise of the body and mind. Walking, crossword puzzles, suduko all fit the bill.
Dancing ticks all the boxes in one go. Mental alertness is required to remember and follow the steps and patterns of the dance, exercise is gentle and fun, social interaction is guaranteed. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and "dancing has the most profound effect leading to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance."
Think you can't dance? This group doesn't care. Everyone is welcome from raw beginners, older people with restricted movement to young people and experienced dancers. Children are welcome - they pick it up very quickly.
No partner? It doesn't matter. This group will make sure there are no wallflowers. They are so friendly and welcoming. They cater for all ability levels.
Contra Dance is similar to Square dancing or Bush Dancing. The dances are all taught - walked through and then called by the teacher. The more experienced dancers will help you move in the correct direction. It is so much fun.
An interesting aspect of this class is that the live band is huge - sometimes there are as many people on the stage as on the dance floor. It is a kind of jam session for musicians. So if you'd rather play than dance and want to learn some folk tunes come and check it out. (Ask for Paul)