Coast to coast of rock’n’rollers on the dancefloor

WHEN an event is billed as "an evening of free music, fun and dance", it's bound to be popular.

No one sits on the sidelines when Coast to Coast Rock'n'Roll instructors Peter and Lyn Brain invite all-comers on to the dance floor.

The lighting is dimmed, music of the '50s and '60s starts up and it's time for action.

Eight years ago, Kevin Jeffries wouldn't go near a dance floor.

He joined rock'n'roll classes because "the wife wanted to".

"I always loved the music," Kevin said.

"We thought we'd give it a crack.

"We've met heaps of friends through it.

"It's good exercise and we go out to a lot of clubs."

Kevin's wife Cherryl also applauds the weekly dances and regular social events.

"I loved the '60s and really enjoy the music from that era," she said.

"We grew up in that era.

"You can understand the words and it's got a good beat. It takes a little while to pick up (rock'n'roll dancing).

"A lot of women haven't got partners. They can line dance.

"They're included in all the social events."

Kevin and Cherryl now fit right in, with their dance outfits and 1970s Chevrolet.

Organisers Peter and Lyn hold dance classes on Thursdays from 6.45pm at the Senior Citizens Centre, 37 Discovery Dr, Helensvale.

Music and dance allow people to forget their worries and enjoy life, they say.

Lyn holds out a cutting from the Reader's Digest, as if to prove a point.

"A study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that regular dancing contributed to a 76% reduction in the risk of developing dementia - greater than for any other hobby," it read.

If you'd like to give rock'n'roll a go, contact Peter or Lyn on 07 5529 6244 or 0402 401 081.

The Australia Government Department of Health recommends that older people should be active every day, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.

These activities include:

 Those that can be performed as part of everyday life, like housework, walking to the local shop instead of driving, gardening and raking leaves, and vacuuming.

 Leisure pursuits that involve physical activity, including golf, lawn bowls, bocce, woodwork, and various types of dancing.

 Walking groups, strength training, tai chi or other group exercise activities, hydrotherapy classes and yoga.

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