Keep ‘Reely’ fit with Scottish Dance

THE FORFAR branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will celebrate its diamond jubilee on February 8 next year.

They will celebrate with Jim Lindsay and his Scottish Dance Band playing for the evening in the Reid Hall.

Scottish Country Dancing is a great way to keep fit.

Reporting their findings in The Scotsman in August 2010, ‘Reel your way into fit old age’, the research team from Strathclyde University in Glasgow highlighted the fact that participants who danced were found to have better levels of fitness than those who took part in other exercise.

The study focused on 35 older women between the ages of 60 and 85, who danced on a regular basis and compared them with the same number of women a similar age who exercised in other ways. The benefits found were improved muscle quality and function and also bone density.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society recognises the benefits and has issued a ‘Hints to Health Pack’ which is available to people who are interested.

Members volunteer to go into the Angus Schools to help prepare the children for the Angus Schools Day of Dance held each year in March. It encourages the next generation to appreciate and understand their Scottish heritage which is enjoyed in many countries throughout the world who have embraced Scottish Dance.

The Tuesday evening classes start again at The Dance Studio in Suttieside, Forfar, at 7.30pm on September 18. All are welcome to join for the start of the new season and enjoy the social and health benefits of dancing.