South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture runs dance classes for seniors


Dancing is a great way to exercise at any age – just ask those ladies with a boogie in their 80s.

The octogenarians participated in a dance class at the Bothwell Community Center.

Staying active and mobile as you age is important, which is what the Young at Heart program aims to convey.

Marie Meehan (81), Cathie McKendrick (81), Betty Grattan (81), Florrie Robertson (83) and Mary McKeown (81) all benefit from weekly classes at South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture (SLLC).

Natasha Guinnessy, Dance Development Manager for SLLC, said: “I really enjoy teaching Young at Heart dance classes because it’s so rewarding to see for myself the joy, the laughter and the overall feeling of well-being that can come from simple dancing to great music.

“Come and try a Young at Heart dance class for yourself and find renewed energy and fun through simple stretching exercises and easy dance routines.

“You should be reasonably fit, but no dance experience is necessary, just a willingness to let the music carry you away.”

In addition to the Bothwell class, SLLC is currently running several Young at Heart dance classes in the area. The courses, which cater to the 50+ age group, have grown in popularity and have a number of participants in their 80s.

A typical Young at Heart dance class begins with several warm-up exercises that “wake up” the body, which is important for mobilizing joints, stimulating circulation, correcting posture, and encouraging proper alignment.

Once the class has warmed up, participants move on to learning simple dance routines that are not only good for coordination, balance and musicality, but it is also a great workout for the brain as it involves memorizing sequences of movements.

In a Young at Heart dance class, participants learn to dance everything from salsa to meringue, swing, waltz, line dancing, tap dancing, jazz dancing, as well as dance. inspire styles of ballet and contemporary dance.

For information on the South Lanarkshire Dance Development Program or to reserve a spot for Young @ Heart Dance classes, contact Natasha Guinnessy on 01698 452151.

The Young at Heart dance classes are currently held at the following locations: The Town House, Hamilton, Mondays, 1 pm to 2 pm, until March 21; The Town House, Hamilton, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., until March 23; The Town House, Hamilton, Thursday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., until March 24; Bothwell Community Center, Monday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., until March 21; Biggar Municipal Hall, Mondays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, until March 21; Carluke Lifestyles Center, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., until March 22.

South Lanarkshire also has a dedicated ‘Forward @ 50’ website that helps people over 50 stay physically and mentally active.

The group believes that “getting people active and involved in the early years of retirement will also help keep them active until their seventies and eighties, improving their quality of life and reducing costs to the public purse ”.

They are supported by the NHS Lanarkshire, the South Lanarkshire Council and Age Concern Scotland.

Go online at or call 01698 454105 for details.

Young at Heart dance class, South Lanarkshire leisure and culture.


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