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Dance for Health Participants Needed at MERL

Dance for health programme at The Museum of English Rural Life

The MERL will be launching a new dance for health programme which is aimed at promoting better physical and mental wellbeing for older people.

Participating regularly in dance sessions can strengthen muscles, improve joint mobility, balance, posture and gait, and can keep the heart healthy and happy.

In addition, dance is fun and energising and can help maintain mental and cognitive wellbeing. 

The sessions will be led by a qualified dance instructor and a musician.


When is the programme taking place?

The programme will offer four 2- hours sessions here on site at The MERL Earley Charity Learning Studio.

Tuesday 23rd April 2-4pm

Tuesday 7th May 2-4pm

Thursday 6th June 2-4pm

Thursday 13th June 2-4pm


In addition, there will be a shorter session on Wednesday 22nd May 2-3pm to showcase the programme at the Dementia in Action event hosted by the MERL.


The programme will be free of charge.


How can you get involved?


We are looking for a group of older people (maximum of 12) who are able to travel to The MERL and who can ideally take part in all the dates in the programme as we would like to be able to evaluate the impact and benefits of the programme.

We may ask participants to disclose any health conditions prior to registration in order to ensure we provide a safe and secure environment for those who take part.