Dancers step out to show their new moves

FROM the first tentative steps to tripping the light fantastic, dancers of all abilities have shown that physical activity can be fun.

Parents, friends and carers applauded and cheered when the South West Let’s Dance group wrapped up a productive year of light-footed activity in Warrnambool.

More than 80 all-abilities dancers from across the region participate in the program, which waltzed into existence six years ago and continues to grow. Dance director Kate Meade said the transformation in behaviour and attitudes towards exercise were extraordinary.

She said the independently-operated program involved participants ranging from primary school-age to their 50s.

“We started in February and they’ve come such a long way,” Mrs Meade said. 

“Many people who start with us have had no previous dancing experience and by the end of the year they’re dancing in such a natural way.

“Some of our dancer have weight or other physical problems and other exercise can be seen as a chore. 

“With dancing, exercise happens more organically than being in a walking routine.”

The dancers performed their end-of-year show at St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall, with a range of dance moves and music.

Classes were originally held only in Camperdown but Mrs Meade expanded the program to Colac and Warrnambool in recent years.

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