It’s Time To Put On Your Dancing Shoes With ActivLives  

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Local charity ActivLives is starting a new activity in Woodbridge, in addition to their ActivSinging Group and Better Balance sessions held at the Quay Church, for people 50 years and over who like music, and dancing, and who enjoy some social time with others. ‘Keep on Grooving’ is a new initiative supported by the Connect for Health Community Chest and Woodbridge Integrated Neighbourhood Scheme to keep people active and connected. 

The session will provide opportunities for all abilities to be involved, whether people want to dance as a couple, on their own, with a group of friends or even seated. People might just like to listen to the music and have an opportunity to meet and make new friends in the area. 

‘Keep on Grooving’ will start with a free taster session on Friday, 28 April, 2–3.30pm at the Woodbridge Community Centre, Station Rd, IP12 4AU. Doors will open at 1.45pm, where attendees will meet representatives from ActivLives and be able to take part in the dancing, followed by refreshments and a raffle, and the chance for people to feedback and share their thoughts and ideas. Sessions will then run monthly from June with a £3 entrance fee, which includes the refreshments.

Live and recorded music will be provided by the lovely and talented Gina Cristallino, a wonderful local artist, singing ballroom favourites, disco and dance-floor classics. So, whether you like a waltz or a samba, or something more contemporary, come along and have a go. Julie Stokes, CEO of ActivLives, said, “This new initiative, which will be a monthly event from June, is a fun way for local people to get together; not only couples who enjoy dancing, but also those who may be on their own, to give them the opportunity to make new friends at a fun, relaxed activity, with the bonus of being able to dance with like-minded people.”

As well as providing an enjoyable social afternoon, it has been shown that dance whether standing or seated helps with strength, co-ordination and improves mood, emotional and mental health and plays a valuable role in tackling the important issue of loneliness amongst the older generation. According to Age UK, more than two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

If you would like more information or to book a place then please contact ActivLives main office on: 01473 345350 or email:

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