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Fun, relaxed, dance classes for the over 50s


I love a prop!

Posted by Yvette Nowlan on November 22, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Oh, it's been a proptastic week! Dancing with a cane has created a whole new challenge for us as dancers, it's like learning a choreography with an extra limb! I started the week rehearsing in my living room with a cane and my younger self on the TV for this week's Gershwin number that I originally choreographed back in April 2012.

The dance is of no specific style but has a feel of 'American Smooth' with tap dance/soft shoe shuffle. It has a real melodic flow, following the lyrics written by Gershwin and sung by Frank Sinatra.

I thought 25 dance canes would be enough... It was - just! A fabulous 25 dancers attended Tuesday morning's class at Stotfold Memorial Hall despite the weather warnings of storm 'Barny'. I had to teach the routine with a dusty old broom as there were no canes left!

For some reason dancing with a cane creates far too many innuendos...  I really must try to maintain my composure at next week's dance classes. (Had a great giggle this week though!) I suppose any stick used in dance, no matter how you dress it up, is going to be seen as a phallic symbol!

As I was going back in time looking through my dance archives for this routine I came across a wonderful photo ‪taken in‬ 2011, when I was teaching in Letchworth. Still have a few of these lovely faces coming along to dance with me in Stotfold 4 years on.



It's great to get to know you all, some of you I have known for years now! I love some of the chats we have during our tea breaks at Love to Dance. Sometimes we talk 'Strictly', other times it can turn all deep and meaningful, sharing life stories, telling jokes, or just having a good old gossip!

I am proud to announce that this week saw the highest total attendance over all four groups at Love to Dance since March! That's a brilliant achievement as generally November is not a good month for motivation, with the weather turning colder and the days getting darker. I hope to keep dancing with you on the run up to Christmas and then look forward to 2016 when we'll be dancing Around The World!

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