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Balwyn Evergreen Centre taps into fun with new line dancing class for fitness and fancy footwork!


Pictured from left: Audrey, Joan and Fran are looking forward to starting Line Dancing at Balwyn Evergreen.
Pictured from left: Audrey, Joan and Fran are looking forward to starting Line Dancing at Balwyn Evergreen.

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Date: April 2024


Balwyn Evergreen Centre, a community centre dedicated to ensuring that older individuals stay active, healthy and socially connected, is launching a new line dancing class aimed at promoting fitness, community, and joy through dance.


Led by experienced instructor Joanne Campbell, the classes will commence on Wednesday, May 1, running for one hour from 11:30am to 12:30pm and then continuing every fortnight.


Line dancing is a fantastic way for both men and women to stay active while enjoying the camaraderie of a group activity.


Joanne Campbell, the performing arts teacher behind the program, and also a Balwyn Evergreen volunteer, says, "Line dancing is not just about moving your feet; it's about connecting with others, enjoying great music, and improving overall wellbeing, coordination, balance, cognitive function and fitness. I can't wait to share the joy of dance with everyone at Balwyn Evergreen Centre."


Tina Hogarth-Clarke, CEO Balwyn Evergreen Centre, emphasised the importance of introducing activities like line dancing to the community.


"We believe in providing opportunities for our clients to stay physically and mentally active, while fostering a sense of belonging. Line dancing perfectly aligns with our mission of promoting holistic wellbeing and social inclusion.


“It's an opportunity to laugh, move, and connect with others in a way that lifts the spirit and for our clients to simply have fun!”


For new student, Audrey, 88, this will be her first lesson in line dancing, and she simply cannot wait.


"I fondly recall my brief encounter with line dancing over 25 years ago—a moment that left me captivated and intrigued. I look forward to stretching my legs, enjoying some brain-boosting fun, and immersing myself in the diverse melodies that I adore.  I love all sorts of music and the opportunity to meet new friendly faces along the way.”


The benefits of line dancing extend far beyond just exercise. It provides a platform for social interaction, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially in older adults. The rhythmic movements and uplifting music also contribute to stress reduction and overall mental wellbeing.


To encourage participation, Balwyn Evergreen Centre is offering the first class for free. Subsequent sessions are priced at $15 for those approved under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and $19 for non-assessed individuals.


Moreover, there are no up-front term fees; Evergreen runs on a simple pay-as-you-go system, ensuring accessibility for all interested participants.


Don't miss this opportunity to pull on your cowboy boots, meet new friends, and reap the benefits of line dancing at Balwyn Evergreen Centre.


Join us on Wednesday, May 1 to kick off this exciting new journey towards health and happiness.


For more information or to register, visit https://www.balwynevergreen.org.au/ 

 

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