Contact No.Check Newsletter.
Meetings.Monday, Thursday & Friday's Weekly.
Venue:Masonic Hall & Community Centre.
The Dancercise class was started for members of the Musical Theatre group as an extra practice session for the dances we did there and to cover when our teacher Ruth Cook was on holiday. She suggested we made up our own dances while she was away so I rose to the challenge and made up a soft shoe dance to Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and a short tap routine to "Shuffle off to Buffalo". The Dancercise class proper started off in the Community Centre in September 2010 but then moved to the Methodist Hall in Nafferton in March 2011 for a short time. However this was rather cramped so we changed to the Methodist Hall in Driffield on Thursday mornings followed by coffee in nearby Weatherspoons where we regularly put the world to rights. We were still doing a mixture of tap and soft shoe but the floor was not really conducive to tap dancing and having discovered YouTube and found we didn't have to make up all our own dances we dropped the tap. Anyway Ruth does it so much better!
Since July 2012 we have been dancing twice a week and at present one class is in the Masonic Hall on Thursday morning and the Community Centre Friday morning.
The dances we do are a mixture of line dance, zumba and general jazz type soft shoe. You don't need anything except comfortable shoes and clothing, split sole jazz shoes being the most preferred footwear. The most important thing about the class is that you come to have fun and move your body about as much or as little as you like. Nobody is watching to see whether you do it right or not, especially me as I have my back to the class most of the time. We do frequently meet each other coming back in the line dances but that is all part of the fun and when everyone gets it right it feels good too. Hopefully no-one feels that they can't ask if they want some steps repeating and everyone seems happy to follow what I do. Several members leave out turns because they get giddy and most steps adapt to anyone's ability. I have dodgy knees so am a little less ambitious than I was and in the current hot weather don't do as many of the faster routines.
All members are encouraged to make up their own routines or share dances they know. I am grateful to Jane Turner, Janet Kelly and Rhoda Berry who have all contributed in this way, so if anyone wants to try their hand at some choreography please do come along. Everyone is welcome and the first session is free, then it is £1 per class. Our newest dances are to "Sexy Chick" by David Guetta, "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison and a routine to YMCA by the Village People (not the version done at parties!) Janet has done a new dance to "Nothin' shakin' (but the leaves on the trees) by Billy Fury and Jane has used "In my Arms" by Glen Campbell. My own favourites are "Jai Ho" and "Candyman", both of which I have unashamedly copied from YouTube, with only slight variations. We still do "9 to 5" as it is easy to remember and moves most of your body.
We did have a group outing to watch "9 to 5" the musical at the Opera House in York in 2013, and had fish and chips when we got back. It was a good day!
Interested in joining the Dancercise class then telephone Sally as there is a waiting list at the moment.
As the Friday class has become very busy and there are several ladies wishing to join an extra class on Mondays during term time only has been added. It will commence on 11th September 2017 at the Masonic Hall from 10.00 until 11.00am. Contact me for any further information.
Every Monday 10.00 - 11.00am Venue: Masonic Hall, Lockwood Street, Driffield.
Every Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am Venue: Masonic Hall, Lockwood Street, Driffield.
Every Friday 11.15 - 12.15am Venue: Community Centre, Mill Street, Driffield.