Hackney residents are putting their best foot forward to learn new dancing skills through a community partnership.
Sanctuary Housing and the Hackney Marsh Partnership (HMP) have come together to offer ballroom dancing lessons to the Over 50s Club based at Gascoyne Community Centre.
Being delivered by local organisation Rachel Sparks Dance, the 12-week programme will teach dance routines in a variety of ballroom styles including the waltz, foxtrot and rumba.
The classes are aimed at improving the physical health and wellbeing of the participants, as well as giving residents the chance to interact with friends and neighbours.
The series of dance sessions forms part of Sanctuary’s wider support of HMP. This year’s funding is going towards a range of health-centric activities at three community centres across Hackney, including four fully-booked self-defence workshops for women also taking place at Gascoyne Community Centre.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Toby Moore, said: “The ballroom dance lessons are an ideal opportunity for local residents to build up their health and fitness and learn a creative new skill. One of our aims is to support our residents to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, and the classes are helping us to achieve this.”
Dance teacher Rachel Sparks added: “The sessions are going really well, I love seeing people getting into the swing of dancing and enjoying themselves. As well as improving fitness levels the participants are having great fun.”
Any Hackney resident who would like to get involved with the Over 50s Club and take part in the dance sessions can contact Wendy Thomas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, anyone interested can turn up to a session, which take place every Wednesday until 4 April from 12.30-1.30pm.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.