Gail Hewton conducts her class
Gail Hewton conducts her class Barry Alsop

Dance your cares away during Seniors Week in Noosa

NOOSA dance instructor, Gail Hewton, is inviting Coast seniors to come along and have some fun at Noosa's biggest seated dance class during Seniors Week on Wednesday, August 17.

Gail is a specialist in therapeutic jazz, ballroom, ballet, Latin and musical theatre dance routines for students in their 60's, 70's and 80's. She is expecting up to 100 to be at The J at 10am Noosa Junction for the free Noosa Council-sponsored class.

The 60-minute dance session will include a warm up, several simple dance sequences choreographed to variety of wonderful and familiar songs, finishing with a relaxing cool down - all seated in the safety of your chair.

"If you are not moving as well as you used to due to ageing, have balance issues, reduced joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility or conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson's, MS, stroke etc, come and join us to see just what is possible," she says.

Gail (57) holds mobility dance classes weekly at Tewantin and Noosaville. She has a degree in dance and is studying for her doctorate. "If I don't dance I get depressed. It's my happy pill," she says.

When Seniors arrived at the Noosaville class to hear more about the seated dancing at The J, a dozen high steppers were grooving, complete with umbrellas, to Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain."

"We use a lot of props, umbrellas, hats, scarves. They're good for both brain and body exercise and help create enthusiasm and laughter. People feel uplifted with the joy of dance and they have a good time."

One of the dancers was 85-year-old Meredith Howard, of Tewantin, who said her mother was a dance teacher and "I tell people I could dance before I could walk."

She has been dancing at Gail's class for four years and also attends weekly yoga (twice), body sculpture and mobility classes. "Saturday is my free day and on Sunday I go to church and thank the Lord for keeping me fit."

I asked if I could take a photograph of her with Gail. "Of course," she said. "Would you like to see me do the splits?" And with all the grace of a 13-year-old cheerleader she did.

To register for a seat at The J or for more on Gail's dance classes contact Gail on 0411 720 391 or ripedance@gmail.com


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