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Do you fancy yourself as the next Flavia Cacace or Anton du Beke?

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

Karen Cresswell (pictured front right) is hosting dance classes around South Derbyshire

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INSPIRED by the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come dancing? Fancy having a go at ballroom dancing?

Well, there is no better time than now to act on your dancing desires.

South Derbyshire District Council has teamed up with dance teachers across the district to offer fun and friendly classes for adults. You can dance your way through Melbourne, Swadlincote, Rosliston, Etwall and Hilton.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner or already know a few moves, dancing is a great way to keep fit as well as being an enjoyable and sociable activity.

Vicky Smyth, South Derbyshire’s Health Partnership manager, said: “You don’t need special footwear or expensive outfits, just something light and comfortable. Our friendly instructors make the session’s fun as well as making sure that everyone picks up the steps.

“Don’t worry if you don’t have a partner to bring, we will always pair individual dancers together at classes.

“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 people who come along to our classes. I always thought I had two left feet but now I’ve tried the classes I realise that I can do it! Dancing has improved my balance after an illness which made me a bit wobbly. I feel so much better and I love it”

There are various dance classes as well as the opportunity to practice what you have learnt at local dancing events.

The first class of the week is for beginners. Dance instructor, Karen Cresswell will lead the way on Wednesday evenings from 5.15pm to 6.15pm at Rosliston Forestry Centre. The ‘Dancing with Karen’ classes focuses on social ballroom and sequence dancing.

Later on Wednesday evenings at Hilton Village Hall, there’s another ‘Dancing with Karen’ beginners class from 7pm to 8pm followed by an intermediate class starting at 8pm.

Oaklands Village in Swadlincote is the place to be on Thursday mornings. Join the beginners ‘Dancing with Karen’ class from 11am until noon.

If you are more of a night owl, join Karen at Oaklands Village on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm to 8.45pm.

Alternatively, you can show off your moves in Melbourne. Join Alan for a social ballroom class on Thursdays between 11am to noon at Melbourne Assembly Rooms.

If a lunchtime jig is more your thing, join in the new ‘Dancing with Karen’ class from 12.30pm to 1.15pm at Grove Hall, Greenbank Leisure Centre. This class is designed for beginners and intermediates keeping to 45 minutess to give people the opportunity to do a bit of dancing in their lunch break.

Fancy an afternoon shimmy? There is a tea dance at Goseley Community Centre every Thursday from 2pm until 4pm organised by Jenny Burley.

Not forgetting the Friday evening class – it’s Etwall’s turn to learn sequenced steps with Karen during her beginner’s class. Come along to Frank Wickham Hall from 6.45pm to 7.45pm and join in.

The opportunities to learn ballroom and sequence dancing across the district are plentiful and after all your hard work, there is no better excuse to put your new moves into practise!

Karen Cresswell organises tea dances and balls throughout the year giving you the opportunity to put on your glad rags and show off your dancing steps for real.

For more information about Dancing with Karen, contact Karen Cresswell on 07720 571268 or klcresswell@aol.com or Facebook:dancingwithkaren

To find out more about dance, health and fitness in South Derbyshire, Alan’s Melbourne class or Jenny’s Goseley class, call Vicky Smyth on 01283 595776 or email vicky.smyth@south-derbys.gov.uk

Alternatively, visit the website www.south-derbys.gov.uk/dance where you find a schedule of the classes.

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