Stratford dance group lead the way to better health

East London Dance at Aesop Arts & Health Conference, Southbank Centre

East London Dance at Aesop Arts & Health Conference, Southbank Centre - Credit: Helen Murray

Dancers from across London took to the stage at the Southbank to how dancing can be good for your health.

Led by East London Dance from Stratford in collaboration with Dance to Health the performance highlighted the success of their pioneering dance programme to prevent falls.

The twice weekly dance classes for over 60s help improve strength, flexibility and confidence.

Director of East London Dance, Polly Risbridger, said that students and staff had all enjoyed the experience.

She added that the benefits of the dance classes extend beyond their health benefits.

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“It’s not like you’re going to an exercise class. People relax and just want to move and there is a really important social side.”

Also in the audience for the First National Arts in Health Conference were Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council and Vivienne Parry, health writer and broadcaster.

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