Dancefit provides fun and friendly sessions for over 55s to keep the brain and body active. They set up this activity after lockdown because they wanted to create a safe and welcoming class that would help get older members of the community active and socialising again. Having taught over 50s dance classes for over a decade, they have seen the impact it can have, not only on people’s physical health and mobility, but also on their mental health and wellbeing.  

“Fabulous fun! I enjoy every minute of class.” 

Dancefit was set up by Beth Andrews and Laura Bonell. Between them they now teach 6 classes in various community spaces across Worcestershire and have over 100 attendees in total.

Beth Andrews said:  

“Two of our regular participants were happy to tell their story for the film. It was quite emotional to hear them open up about why they enjoy coming to the group and how it has helped them deal with some challenges going on in their lives. We put some upbeat songs on and learn some simple dance moves together, and it creates that little bit of time for themselves. We always have a laugh remembering which move comes next, and we make time to breathe and stretch at the end.”

Beth and Laura would like to expand Dancefit and add more classes to the timetable. They would also like to have more social events, which they feel would help combat social isolation for many of their participants.    

“Having this short video about our work will really help us spread the word and encourage more people to get involved in dancing.”