Time to dance lassie

Scottish Dancing is suitable for all ages and abilities and hugely beneficial to mental wellbeing according to the Alzheimer’s Society of New Zealand

The Kaiwaka Scottish Country Dancing Club is holding a family ceilidh on Waitangi Day, February 6, at the Kaiwaka War Memorial Hall, gathering together to meet old and new friends in a friendly supportive environment.

The club has been building momentum since it began in July last year. Members meet regularly and perform demonstrations to the elderly and the public in Mangawhai.

“We have folk in the club who are positive that dancing has helped their brain health and arthritis sufferers who notice the difference in movement when they miss a week,” said club teacher, Elaine Goldthorpe.

The Alzheimer’s Society of New Zealand recommends that what is good for the heart is good for the brain, namely physical and mental activity — especially new things — social activity and a good healthy diet.  Waikato personal trainer, Alison Storey, says the social side of participating in group activities like Scottish dancing and line dancing are hugely beneficial to mental wellbeing.

“The physicality of the movements exercise nearly all parts of the body, executing the figures exercises the mind and dancing in groups of six or eight creates the camaraderie that installs enjoyment of exercise, crucial to the consistency of exercise that reaps physical benefits.

Beginners classes will commence at 9.45am each Wednesday from February 13, followed by the more experienced until noon.  For more information contact Elaine or Steve 09 432 0532 or email elainegold@xtra.co.nz.


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