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Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance Class! 2017 – another success

Another great turn out for this year’s Seniors Week event with over 100 in attendance enjoying themselves dancing in their chairs as well as marvelling at the wonderful on stage performances by RIPE Dance participants.

Here’s a couple of links with videos and photos to check out what it was all about.

ABC News

Twitter from ABC reporter Frances Adcock

More photos to come soon.

(posted 7 Sept 2017)

Get ready for Noosa’s Biggest Seated Dance class! – Wednesday 17 August 2016

As the saying goes, move it or lose it! So RIPE Dance with support of Noosa Council and The J is presenting this special FREE event during Seniors Week to encourage our senior citizens to stay physically active for good health and wellbeing.

We extend an open invitation to the seniors of Noosa to come along, have some fun and experience the joy and benefits of a seated dance class.  Yes, You Can Dance! in a chair, so if you’re not moving as well as you used to due to ageing, have balance issues, reduced joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility or conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, MS, mild stroke, come and join us to see just what is possible.

RIPE Dance director, Gail Hewton, will lead you through a 50-60 minute dance session that will include a warm up, several simple dance sequences choreographed to a variety of wonderful and familiar songs, finishing with a relaxing cool down – all seated in the safety of your chair. No previous dance experience required.

The moves are easy to follow, whilst still aiming to challenge the brain by coordinating different body parts in time to music.  There’ll be toe tapping and stomping, clapping and arm swinging, shimmying and shaking, as well as slow, smooth and elegant movements.  Expect to explore a range of movement qualities and patterns to a variety of musical rhythms and melodies such as waltz, jazz, latin, broadway and musical theatre, and most of all expect to be surprised and have fun.

Research is showing that dance for older people provides a range of physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits. RIPE Dance participants leave class feeling energised and uplifted, ‘my muscles are less stiff’, ‘without the headache I came with’ and over time see improvements in their balance, posture, coordination, flexibility and mood as well as making new friends .

There will also be additional demonstrations from some RIPE Dance participants performing dance items. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

  • When: Wednesday 17 August – take your seat from 10am for a 10.30am class start
  • Where: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
  • Cost: FREE
  • Duration: approximately 90 mins – including 60 min seated dance class

TO REGISTER for a seat or for more information: contact Gail on 0411 720 391 or ripedance@gmail.com

(posted 12 July 2016)


Sunny coast hears inspiring stories about the power of dance at Pecha Kucha  – Tuesday 21 June 2016

Gail Hewton, Director, RIPE Dance, was one of nine local creatives to present at the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance’s 17th Pecha Kucha Night.  With the required presentation theme of Extraordinaire and within the set Pecha Kucha  format of 20 slides 20 seconds per slide, Gail spoke about the transformative power of dance relating 3 powerful real life stories, accompanied by images, of how people’s lives have been transformed by participation in dance classes or projects she has lead over her 38 year professional career in dance.  See her blog for a transcript of her inspiring talk.

(posted 1 July 2016)

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