As ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ sets to return to our television screens this Autumn, community organisation World Jungle is bringing lots of opportunities to the town to encourage people to get active and get dancing.

Together with ongoing weekly classes, the programme will include two special Saturday morning dance workshops led by guest tutor Claire Phipps from Bristol’s ‘Showgirl Academy’ themed around the fun and energetic dances of the Charleston and Jive.  Jane Manning from World Jungle explains:

“There are so many good reasons to get dancing – It’s a fun, social way of keeping fit, great for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.  What’s more, regardless of age, experience or ability, anyone can dance.”

 The programme kicks off next week with the return of ‘FitSteps’ to its regular Monday night time of 7.30pm in Lister Hall at the Chantry Centre in Dursley. This dance fitness class was developed by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe who Jane has had the opportunity of training with.  It is based on ballroom and latin dance styles and involves no partner work. If you are interested in giving it a try, no booking is required, just turn up on Monday and join the class.

The two Saturday morning workshops will run from 10am-12noon in Lister Hall (Chantry Centre) on:

  • Saturday 24th September: CHARLESTON – Take a trip back to the 1920’s as you learn the vintage dance moves that were once danced by flappers.
  • Saturday 5th November: JIVE Learn the flicks, kicks and twists of latin and ballroom style jive dancing!

The workshops are back by popular demand after the fantastic success of the ‘Cheeky Charleston’ and ‘Learn to Jive’ workshops held earlier this year.  New moves will be introduced making them suitable both for people who did the previous workshop and for those looking to try for the first time.  Due to limited numbers booking is required with tickets costing £8 available from the World Jungle website or from any of World Jungle’s classes.  Claire Phipps from the ‘Showgirl Academy’ in Bristol who will lead both workshops says:

“I am delighted to have been invited back to Dursley and hope to see some familiar faces and lots of new people too!  Both workshops promise to be great fun, accessible to all ages and abilities and require no partner.   Please do get in touch to reserve a space or if you would like more details.”

To find out more about getting active this Autumn and joining any of the above mentioned classes and workshops, please visit the World Jungle website (www.worldjungle.org.uk) or contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email info@worldjungle.org.uk

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