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…

Our groups were suspended in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus crisis. But we are delighted to be restarting them on Monday 17th May 2021. We are of course adhering strictly to government guidelines regarding hand and respiratory hygiene, and social distancing. This means that for the time being we have to limit the numbers attending sessions and are not quite ready to open the groups to new members. If you are interested in joining us though, please get in touch and we will put you on the waiting list and invite you to come along at the earliest possible opportunity.

The information below about the venues and days for each group is the same as before the pandemic. Our sessions are normally one hour and 30 minutes but have been shortened temporarlily because of the restrictions we are still working under.

Monday

Coronation Hall, Old Station Yard, Milby Lane, Milby, Boroughbridge
11.00 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.

Friends Meeting House, Queen Parade, Harrogate
2.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.

Tuesday

Chain Lane Community Hub, Chain Lane, Knaresborough
2.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.

Wednesday

Memorial Hall, Hollins Lane, Hampsthwaite, N. Yorks
11.00 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.

Bilton Community Centre, Bilton Lane, Harrogate
1.30 – 2.30 p.m.  and  3.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Thursday

St Andrews Church, High Street, Starbeck
1.00 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.

Friday

Chain Lane Community Hub, Chain Lane, Knaresborough
2.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.

Friday Zoom sessions – 2.30 – 3.45 p.m.

We started running weekly Zoom sessions during the pandemic and we’ve decided to continue them. They are a great way for older people who can’t come to our group sessions to exercise gently and safely, enjoy lovely music and dances, connect and chat with like-minded people.  If you are interested in joining these please get in touch.

 

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).