Welcome…

Do you think your dancing days are over?
Well don’t give up just yet!

Come and join one of our weekly Dancing for Well-Being groups in the Harrogate district – you may find just what you’re looking for.

Dancing for Well-Being is ideal if you find other dancing or exercise classes too much, for example, if you have mobility or balance problems, if you use a walking aid or a wheelchair, or if you find co-ordination or remembering moves difficult.

  • You can dance SITTING or STANDING
  • You can move at the level to suit your abilities and limitations
  • You don’t need a partner
  • You don’t need a good memory

A growing body of research is showing how dancing improves physical and emotional well-being in later years. It’s been shown to be beneficial for people with a number of conditions including arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and depression.

Dancing for Well-Being is good exercise, it’s gentle and safe, it’s great for company and friendship, it’s relaxing and uplifting, but most important of all it’s FUN!

Dancing for Well-Being was honoured to be shortlisted as one of 95 finalists across the UK in the 2019 People’s Projects. This is run by the National Lottery Community Fund and ITV every year to highlight the work of local community organisations like us. A film was made about us by ITV’s Calendar North and shown on their 6.00 p.m. News programme on Friday, 5th April 2019 and you can still see this film by visiting –

https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/together-through-dance

For information about Dancing for Well-Being groups in your area please see below. It’s best to find out more about the most suitable group for you by getting in touch with us by phone or email.  Our contact details are here…

Groups meet weekly and cost £5 (including refreshments).

Current Sessions…

Since mid-March 2020 our groups have been suspended because of the Coronavirus crisis. The information below on venues, days and times will be updated once we’re up and running again.

It’s so important for our physical and emotional health to keep active so we’re offering a few things to help you do this during this very difficult time – 

Facebook sessions – we recorded lots of Dancing for Well-Being sessions on our Facebook page during the Spring and Summer and these are still available, so please have a go at these if you feel like a bit of a boogie. We’ve put links to a selection of our favourites on the “Dancing during COVID-19 crisis” page of this website.

Zoom sessions – if you’re a member of a Dancing for Well-Being group or a volunteer with us you will have been invited to join our Zoom sessions on Thursdays from 11.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. At these sessions you can enjoy dancing virtually with other members and volunteers and have a bit of a chat too.

Videos of dances with props – we have delivered prop bags containing pompoms, shaker eggs, scarves and ribbon sticks to all our Dancing for Well-Being members and volunteers, so you can dance with these at home until the groups start up again. You can use them with your own music, when you’re listening to music on the radio or on radio stations on your TV, when you join us at Zoom sessions, or when you join in with the videos of sessions with props which you can access now on the “Dancing during Covid-19 crisis” page of this website.

Keep safe and well!

Monday

Coronation Hall, Old Station Yard, Milby Lane, Milby, Boroughbridge
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Friends Meeting House, Queen Parade, Harrogate
2.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Tuesday

Chain Lane Community Hub, Chain Lane, Knaresborough
2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Wednesday

Memorial Hall, Hollins Lane, Hampsthwaite, N. Yorks
11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

Bilton Community Centre, Bilton Lane, Harrogate
2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. (3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. on every second Wednesday in the month).

Thursday

St Andrews Church, High Street, Starbeck
1.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Friday

Chain Lane Community Hub, Chain Lane, Knaresborough
2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Our groups are generously supported by North Yorkshire County Council’s County Councillor Locality Budgets scheme and North Yorkshire Reward Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund, The Local Fund: Harrogate & District, Two Ridings Community Foundation, the Spear Charitable Trust, the Knabs Ridge Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, the Co-op, the R. B Gray Charitable Trust, Versus Arthritis, ASDA, Feather Smailes Scales, the Postcode Community Trust, Knaresborough Relief in Need Charity, Sport England (through North Yorkshire Sport), Persimmon Homes Community Fund, and the Hosptial & Medical Care Association (HMCA).