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SE­NIORS get into the swing of keep­ing fit with Coredance dance classes.

Coredance owner Sue-Ann Barry has taught dance for 38 years, and now runs dance fit­ness classes for se­niors of all ap­ti­tudes.

She said re­search has proven that dance is a great way to in­crease well­be­ing and en­cour­aged se­niors and those with phys­i­cal im­pair­ments to stay ac­tive.

“When life­styles change, cer­tain things be­come harder to do,” she said, and fo­cus­ing on keep­ing bod­ies ag­ile and strong be­comes the “top of the to do list”.

She be­lieves dance is a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween body and soul; it acts as ther­apy for both phys­i­cal and men­tal ob­sta­cles.

Her rou­tines are care­fully struc­tured with low im­pact dance moves to im­prove pos­ture, bal­ance and mus­cle tone, things of­ten lost among life­style changes.

“My rou­tines re­place a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties that they (se­niors) no longer do... like get­ting out of chairs, pick­ing your feet up and step­ping over things. You get the rep­e­ti­tion needed for mus­cle mem­ory with­out hav­ing to do 50 sit-ups or 20 push-ups.”

Long-time Coredance par­tic­i­pant Zara Frost noted a sig­nif­i­cant change in her flex­i­bil­ity, as well as “foot and eye” co-or­di­na­tion.

“There’s a lot go­ing on be­tween your feet and your brain,” she said.

“It’s chal­leng­ing for the mind, and given me so much more flex­i­bil­ity and bet­ter pos­ture.”

Mrs Frost, who has worked in aged care, also said adding an aer­o­bic ex­er­cise to her weekly rou­tine meant she felt her body was “pro­tected”.

“I’ve watched peo­ple es­sen­tially dis­in­te­grate and I’m de­ter­mined not to let that hap­pen to me.”

Boo­gie on down to Dance En­ergy Stu­dio Caloun­dra Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day for the over 50s classes. Phone Sue-Ann on 5496 0354 for more de­tails.


DANCES WITH SE­NIORS: Sue-Ann Barry and some dancers from her Coredance fit­ness group.

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