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Strictly Come Dancing fever comes to South Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Dancing at Swadlincote Town Hall

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THE popularity of the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing has put new rhythm into dance.

Added to the pleasure of the glitz and glamour of the ballroom, more and more people are enjoying dancing as a fun exercise and a fantastic social activity.

South Derbyshire District Council is offering social ballroom and sequence dancing classes for everyone, of whatever age and ability.

Vicky Smyth, South Derbyshire’s health partnership manager, said: “Our friendly instructors specialise in those with two left feet, no sense of rhythm and even reluctant partners. You don’t need any special footwear or expensive outfits, just something light and comfortable. Dancing is one of the best forms of exercise, and a great social activity too. We aim to make sessions fun, enjoyable and suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced dancers. If you don’t have a partner to bring, we’ll find you someone to have a dance with.

“Dancing is just one of the many activities offered by the Healthier South Derbyshire team so that people can enjoy getting fit. We had some great comments from folks who have come to our classes.

“I enjoy watching dancing on the telly, but doing it is a lot more fun. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed myself so much, I love the classes. Dancing opened up a whole new world for me. I joined a class because someone asked me to and I absolutely love it.”

There are dance classes taking place throughout South Derbyshire.

Taking place at Rosliston Forestry Centre every Wednesday is a beginners’ social ballroom and sequence dancing led by Karen Cresswell who is fresh from the great success of her Strictly South Derbyshire fund-raising spectacular. The classes take place from 5.15pm until 6.15pm and cost £3 per person per class.

This session adds to the existing weekly classes such as the one held later on Wednesday evenings at Hilton Village Hall, where another beginners’ class takes place from 7pm to 8pm, priced £3.50 per person.

A little later on a Wednesday evening, again at Hilton Village Hall, is a social ballroom and sequence dancing with Karen, from 8pm until 9pm, priced £3.50.

Oaklands Village in Swadlincote is the location for Thursday morning beginners’ dancing with Karen Cresswell which takes place from 11am until noon, priced £3. In Melbourne, at the same time, join Alan Axon for a £4 social ballroom class at Melbourne Assembly Rooms.

Alan Axon trips the light fantastic over to Swadlincote Town Hall for a social ballroom session on a Thursday afternoon, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, priced £3 per person per class. In the evening, Karen Cresswell offers basic sessions at Oaklands Village, in Swadlincote, from 7.45pm and 8.45pm for the same price.

It’s Etwall’s turn to learn the stunning moves on Friday evenings at the beginners’ class at Frank Wickham Hall, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm, at a cost of £3.50 per person per class.

For more information about dancing with Karen Cresswell contact her directly on 07720 571268. Alternatively, email klcresswell@aol.com or log on to her Facebook page: dancingwithkaren

To find out more about dance, health and fitness in South Derbyshire call Vicky Smyth on 01283 595776, email vicky.smyth@south-derbys.gov.uk or go to www.south-derbys.gov.uk/dance

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