STEP UP: Bruce Scott teaches dance classes at the Trinity Hall in North Booval.
STEP UP: Bruce Scott teaches dance classes at the Trinity Hall in North Booval. Kate Czerny

The thrill of learning new moves never gets old

AGING is an inevitable journey and, for some, it can be lonely especially if you have lost a lifetime partner.

It is also a time when it is important to maintain physical activity as a ways and means to living longer.

Just because we are getting older doesn't mean we can't still enjoy getting out and being active.

Bruce Scott recognised this years ago when he started teaching dancing because he felt there was a need for affordable classes for people who were looking for a social outlet and something to do for enjoyment as they aged.

He aims to get people to a stage where they can go to a dance and "have a go".

Bruce's social dancing classes for beginners provide people with a social outlet where they can meet other people, make new friends and have an enjoyable time.

Dancing, according to Bruce, helps keep people active, both physically and mentally, and lifts their spirits as they age.

"There are lots of dances around and many of the people attending my classes travel around the local dances for a social night out with new-found friends," Bruce said.

"Attending dances is an opportunity to meet people, keep fit and have an inexpensive, enjoyable time."

The early part of the morning is more detailed for beginners with the more advanced dancers helping out by partnering and making them feel comfortable and welcome.

"We only teach as much as can be remembered at first, keeping in mind that trying to remember too much at a time only leads to despair and giving up," he said.

Bruce is a qualified dance teacher and has been teaching the beginner classes for about 15 years.

The classes run each Monday morning from 9am-noon at the Trinity Uniting Church Hall, Jacaranda St, Booval, and the cost is $6.

He also runs an advanced social dance class on Fridays at the same venue from 7.30am-noon.

For more information about the weekly dance classes, contact Bruce on 3281 4288.



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