We are delighted to welcome twelve new dance artists to the Dance to Health fold this September. They have all completed their Postural Stability Instructor training. This means they are ready to help participants build strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, and core strength – consequently helping with the prevention of falls, building confidence and improving general fitness and well-being.
Read on to find out a bit more about some of our new additions:
Helen Fletcher has been assisting with our national online sessions whilst completing her training. She started dancing aged just 3 at Bromwell School of Dance where ballet was her first love before she moved on to contemporary. She loves Dance to Health because ‘It’s so much fun, builds friendships, and enables people to be more confident in their bodies.‘
Alex Mettam is a Sheffield based dance practitioner performing, choreographing and teaching a variety of dance styles across South and West Yorkshire. She delivers these sessions to tiny tots, older adults and everyone in between. Her classes are always a fun challenge but most importantly make you come away feeling good!
Yvette C Halfhide lives in a beautiful village near Bridgend in South Wales. Her inspiration is Mikhail Baryshnikov. She notes that ‘at the peak of his dance career, he was an amazing dancer, artist and performer. I really admire his work ethic; the fact that he wasn’t a typical build for a male lead classical dancer (being considered rather short), the challenges he had to face in order to dance the roles that he wanted to dance, and now, the way that he constantly strives to challenge himself, artistically combined with his very humble nature is very inspiring.’
Josephine Hepplewhite is based in Manchester and works across the North of England. She also started dance classes aged just 3 (in Newcastle) Josie says ‘Dance is everything to me! The smallest movements of breath to the biggest boogie where you forget about everything and anything else.‘
Michela Reghellin studied ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance from a young age. She also practises yoga and pilates and later in life has developed new skills such as circus skills and hula hooping. Her top tip for participants is ‘Take it step by step and build up your confidence. You can do it and you can achieve wonderful results!‘
Look out for in depth interviews with our dance artists in our email newsletters!