Dancercise allows us to dance without inhibition, without needing to perfect “the steps”, which means you can jump in from Day 1 and achieve a satisfying workout. You are encouraged to listen to your body, and feel free to express what really makes you unique! Such a challenge is made easier with the hand-picked, eclectic playlist which gets energy and co-ordination flowing. Choreography is easy to follow and provides a dynamic full body workout whether you choose a low or high impact level. The class has two main aims:
1) Improving our functional performance in the real world. The first step is to actively strengthen and stabilise the body with appropriate engagement of the core (more on this in class!). From here we develop control, balance, rhythm, flexibility and range of motion. Teaching techniques are clear and consistent, encouraging a mindful approach, so that our innate physical/emotional intelligence (awareness of how we move, feel and think) is continually building strength from the inside-out.
2) The class also seeks to significantly improve mental health and well-being. As well as the lovely endorphin rush you will experience, with time you will build confidence, learn to stand up for yourself and step into the world with great posture and an irrepressible smile! For those who have come to my classes a bag of nerves, frustrated at their lack of co-ordination, they have learned that it is a motor skill (which we can easily practise and improve), and is often down to self-confidence. When spurred on in the right environment, your dancing will soon express itself! When someone has faith in us, and we find ourselves a place to feel the music and to just get moving, we begin to trust our natural ability to dance about. Everyone welcome.
Rowing returned to Ebchester for the first time in 40 years with the generous help of Hexham Rowing Club, who provided two boats and lots of expertise. Villagers tried their hand at rowing on the River Derwent, bringing back an activity which was at one time the social focus of the village.
For almost 100 years until the 1970s Ebchester Amateur Rowing Club hosted regattas on the River Derwent at regular intervals. Nowadays the river is used mainly for kayaking and canoeing.
The Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership plans to replace the existing boathouse and to provide new facilities to help more people enjoy water sport on the river. The idea of the Open Day, in September, was to entice more people to row on the Derwent.
The chairman, Iain Knox, said: ”Rowing is an amazing part of Ebchester’s heritage and bringing it back is great; it would be such a shame for us to lose it completely again. It is an ideal stretch of water for beginners and we want to use it more.’’
Catherine Bockett said: ”Hexham Rowing Club is very keen to bring new rowers in on an ongoing basis, and runs regular Learn to Row courses. The stretch of the Derwent River at Ebchester might well be a good training ground for novices.’’
Ebchester Boathouse and the adjacent Westwood are owned by the National Trust. The Partnership is grateful to the Trust for supporting the project and helping to organise the event.
More information can be found on the Boathouse page and
the Ebchester Boathouse Development Partnership page
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