Dance for a better mental and physical well-being

Did you know that dancing can reverse signs of ageing in the brain?

A study published in the Frontiers Journal found that dance is better for memory, learning and balance when compared with any other endurance sports.

It is also proven to help you lose weight, gain muscle strength and increase flexibility while giving your mental wellbeing a boost.

That’s why former Trained English National Ballet dancer, Natalie Garry, is getting more people dancing with her fitness company, danceSing, “the choir that keeps you fit”.

danceSing is an inclusive, intergenerational, feel-good singing experience, bringing together a unique fusion of the arts and fitness while remaining centred around the positive mental and physical wellbeing of its members.

Natalie said: “I set up danceSing to try to help make a difference to people’s lives by making people stronger and fitter, both physically and mentally.”

“With classes running across the Central Belt we are delighted to bring danceSing to Loch Leven’s Larder. danceSing is helping to combat loneliness after quadrupling membership and expanding into five new areas in just six months.

She continued: “I see first-hand the benefits and it really does work when it comes to improving overall health and wellbeing.”

Regular members feel fitter, more sociable and mentally uplifted as a result of attending the classes. At the moment there are 2 classes at the Larder, Big Sing Choir on Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm and strength and Stretch Pilates Monday’s 10.45am – 11.45am.

Irene, a danceSing member said of her experience: “It’s a fantastic group of people. I haven’t felt more alive and energised in a long time.”

danceSing also gives members the chance to put their new skills into practice with regular optional performances across Scotland raising vital funds for Maggie’s Cancer Centres and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

New starters can enjoy a taster week of unlimited classes for just £12. After that, prices start from £12 a week for one class, £15 a week for two classes and £18 a week for unlimited classes. danceSing members have the option to pay as a direct debit or by term.

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