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Movement to Music Group Closure

Group Update
25/08/20.

Unfortunately I am no longer able to continue as Group Leader for the Movement to Music group, so (unless another U3A member is willing to take over*) it won’t be re-opening when other U3A activities resume at the John Godber Centre.

This has been a very lively, sociable and enjoyable group to teach – so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have taken part since our first short course started in September 2017, for their interest (and willingness to share my enthusiasm for Dance!) Keep Moving!

Sue Saunders.

*If you know anyone who might be willing to give it a try, could you ask them to contact me as soon as possible via this page.

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Movement to Music Update

I hope you are all keeping upbeat – no doubt you are finding many new/different activities, as well as familiar ones, to keep you motivated in our current situation with its unprecedented constraints.

In the April newsletter I have recommended some ‘mini workouts’ which can be found on YouTube for any members who would like to ‘Keep Moving @ Home’, as the steps and movements are very similar to the low- impact dance component of our sessions.

However, as most of you will be aware, there are Health & Safety issues with any form of exercise – so I will run through the relevant ones briefly. Some of these (eg. suitable clothing & footwear, minimum jewellery etc.) will be familiar to you and the rest is more or less common sense, but they need to be mentioned.

Safety – the right environment:
You will need adequate space to move safely, both on the spot and when travelling- mainly forward and back + side to side. (3/4 steps). The floor should be non-slippy and free from any potential hazards mats, cables etc). Arm movements can also be potentially hazardous so it might be a good idea to clear the area of breakables, valuables etc. (I’m writing this from experience as some of my lights, photographs and plants have a habit of getting in the way of my prep)! Also, if you need support (when balancing for example) it’s a good idea to make sure that it is ‘strong and stable’ and an appropriate height.

Health:
You are advised not to exercise until at least an hour after eating and to keep warm and hydrated throughout. You are encouraged to work within your own range of movement, but stop if you feel any discomfort, dizziness or become out of breath. You know your own body and its capabilities/medical issues so please be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS if you have any of the following – heart problems, respiratory problems, high/low blood pressure, joint and/or back problems – or a feeling of being generally unwell.

Further information:
The workouts are fairly short (12 – 18 minutes) but ideally you should start with about 10 – 15 minutes of warming- up movements and static stretches, in order to; mobilise the joints, increase circulation and stretch the major muscle groups. Also it is advisable to repeat the stretches at the end in order to avoid any delayed muscle strain. (At the warm-up stage the stretches should be held for 8 seconds, and for cooling down at the end it is increased to between 10 and 15 seconds).

I have a print-out of a 30 minute workout devised by the KFA which illustrates and includes the above format, and I would be happy to send a photocopy to anyone who would like one on request. Alternatively, if you prefer, you could always find a piece of music that makes you want to dance and improvise your own moves. (‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones usually works for me)! Let me know if you have a particular favourite and we could probably draw up a group playlist.

I hope I haven’t overloaded you with too much detail! Keep Moving, and keep in touch.

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French for Beginners

The group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month in The John Godber Centre at 10.30 am.

There is room for new members – if you are interested, please contact Alan Snape on the form below:-

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Movement to Music

January to April 2020

A Happy New Year to all group members!

Please note that the next session of the Movement group will be on Thursday 9th January – at 10.00 am in the Portland Hall, The John Godber Centre.

After that we will go back to meeting on the first Thursday of the month:
6th February, 5th March and 2nd April, 2020.

New members are welcome to join the group at any time. If anyone has any queries concerning the content etc. please contact Sue Saunders, the group leader, via the form below:-

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French for Beginners

The group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month in The John Godber Centre at 10.30 am.

There is room for new members – if you are interested, please contact Alan Snape on the form below:-

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