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…

Please note since mid-March 2020 our groups have been suspended during the Coronavirus crisis. Some good news though! At long last we’re getting ready to start running our groups again – Yippee! The information below on venues, days and times is going to change to some extent and will  be updated once we’re up and running again.

Sadly this means we can no longer run the live Dancing for Well-Being Facebook sessions we’ve been offering every week as an alternative to our group sessions. Thank you so much to all of you who’ve joined us since we started these in March. We’ve really enjoyed doing them and have been delighted by your support and your appreciative comments.
 
Our recorded sessions are still available of course, so please have a go at these if you feel like a bit of a boogie. We’ve also put a selection of our favourites on this website which you can access from links on our Dancing during COVID-19 crisis page.
If you’re a member of a Dancing for Well-Being group or a volunteer with us you will have been be invited to join our Dancing for Well-Being Zoom sessions which will be continuing for the time being.
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 R. B Gray Charitable Trust, Versus Arthritis, ASDA, Feather Smailes Scales, the Postcode Community Trust, Knaresborough Relief in Need Charity, Sport England, Persimmon Homes Community Fund, and the Co-op.