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Dance On

Posted on March 18, 2019

Dance On, a new series of dance classes for older adults in Bradford, Doncaster and Leeds, was launched earlier this month.

Supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Dance On sees newly appointed dance artists working with various community groups to set up new classes across the three cities.

Designed to be a way to make friends, move to music and have fun, the sessions are targeting people over the age of 55, and are open to anyone. Participants don’t need any experience of dance, and it’s possible for people, even with limited mobility, to take part, either standing or sitting.

Five groups are already meeting regularly in venues across Bradford, seven around Leeds and six in Doncaster. Many more are scheduled to start in the coming weeks.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips, patron of One Dance UK, says: “Dance On is a wonderful dance programme that’s fun and social. Everyone is welcome and the Dance On team will match the moves to your ability. So feel good, keep moving and Dance On!”

Dance On is delivered by a partnership of One Dance UK, Yorkshire Dance and darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and funded by Sport England thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. In time, the partnership aims to be running dozens of groups across Yorkshire.

Anyone can attend their first Dance On session for free, and admission prices are being kept to a minimum to ensure they are as accessible as possible, with many offering free places in every session.

Any venue or organisation interested in setting up a new Dance On group in Leeds or Bradford is invited to contact Adie Nivison at Yorkshire Dance on 0113 243 9867 or adienivison@yorkshiredance.com. To set up a group in Doncaster, contact Amy Knowles on 01302 341 662 or amy@thepoint.org.uk. Find out more details of sessions near you at dance-on.org.

Main image: Arlene Phillips. Photograph by Wolfgang

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, is out in May 2019.

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