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Full of Eastern promise – older residents stay fit and healthy thanks to belly dancing master classes

15 December 2015

Jeanette Brown 1

As the festive season approaches, a housing development for the over 55s in Nottingham has been encouraging its residents to improve their health and wellbeing by taking part in belly dancing lessons.

The classes, which are run at Hanover Housing Association's Lillian Hind Court in Nottingham, were created thanks to Estate Manager Pamela Rowland Pierce and dance teacher Val Parnham.

Pamela Rowland Pierce said: 'Belly dancing is a great form of exercise and fitness for all ages, shapes and sizes. It helps to tone up the body, strengthen joints and beat stress. Since the classes started, Val has helped many residents to improve their mobility. For instance, one resident had difficulty in lifting her arms, but after a month's dancing she managed to regain her mobility.'

Residents 64-year-old Jeanette Brown and 62-year-old Linda Grant are regulars at the class.  

Jeanette said: 'Belly dancing is a fun way to get fit. We start off with a warm-up to make sure our ankles and hips are ready for the main dancing.'

The classes are free to attend and non-residents are welcomed and encouraged to join in. In addition to belly dancing, the estate also offers a weekly tai chi class, pool and darts evenings, hairdressing and a monthly lunch club.