Club launches new begin­ners’class

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - INFO.. INFO.. INFO - Clare Damodaran

As au­tumn tight­ens its grip and the nights start to draw in, the Ericht Scot­tish Coun­try Dance Club is get­ting ready for an­other sea­son.

This year, as well as their usual weekly class, the club is start­ing a new begin­ners’ class in a bid to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get in­volved.

And par­tic­i­pants in the begin­ners’ class will also be able to join in the first part of the usual class, which will in­cor­po­rate eas­ier dances to ac­com­mo­date begin­ners and im­provers.

The club meets in Blair­gowrie Town Hall ev­ery Tues­day from 7.30pm to 9.30pm from Oc­to­ber to March.

Dancers have been taught by Carol Bis­set for a num­ber of years now and ear­lier this year she sug­gested run­ning a begin­ners’ class as well from 7.10pm to 7.30pm.

A spokesper­son for the club ex­plained the think­ing be­hind the new class.

She said: “This is one of the big­gest dance clubs in Perthshire with around 40 mem­bers as well as oth­ers com­ing along from time to time.

“Carol will be teach­ing steps and for­ma­tions to pre­pare dancers for the class and build up their con­fi­dence.

“And some of the club mem­bers will also be at the new class to as­sist the teacher.”

The health ben­e­fits of Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing were also high­lighted.

The spokesper­son said: “Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing is good both phys­i­cally and men­tally for peo­ple, keep­ing us ac­tive and so­cially con­nected.

“No one goes away from the class with­out a smile on their face. Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing re­leases en­dor­phines, the mu­sic is very up­lift­ing and ev­ery­one can do it at their own level.

“We are af­fil­i­ated with the Royal Scot­tish Coun­try Danc­ing So­ci­ety and there are lots of danc­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties across Perth and Kin­ross, across Scot­land and even through­out the world, which peo­ple can go to if they wish.”

Teacher Carol added: “Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing has been rated as the best ex­er­cise for women over 60 in a study by the Univer­sity of Stir­ling be­cause of the men­tal stim­u­la­tion and the com­pan­ion­ship it of­fers.

“You can come here on your own. You don’t need a part­ner as you will meet lots of peo­ple here.

“This is a very sup­port­ive group. We would love to have peo­ple with lit­tle or no ex­pe­ri­ence of Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing to come and try it.”

The club also has good links with the young Happy Feet dancers based at Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Cam­pus and taught by Tracey Thom.

The spokesper­son said: “The chil­dren join the Ericht dancers on two evenings in the sea­son which gives them an op­por­tu­nity to learn and dance with us.

“We are keen to get them in­volved and con­tinue a piece of our cul­ture that gives peo­ple so much en­joy­ment and friend­ships all over the world.

“The chil­dren are the fu­ture of the club.”

Classes re­sume on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

Any­one over the age of 16 is wel­come to come along. Soft shoes are re­quired.

It is £3 per night or £22.50 for a term of around 11 or 12 weeks. Terms run from Oc­to­ber to Christ­mas and then Jan­uary to March.

Leaflets de­tail­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the classes are avail­able through­out the town.

Fun No one goes away from the class with­out a smile on their face

New classes The club is of­fer­ing a begin­ners class this ses­sion

Chair Kath­leen Frew

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