Invitation to take to the floor and get fit with dance

One of the junior classes of the Forfar Branch pictured in Langlands Primary School.

One of the junior classes of the Forfar Branch pictured in Langlands Primary School.

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Members of the Forfar Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society are on a recruitment drive to attract new members to their classes.

The branch, formed 80 years ago, now meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30 p.m. in St John’s Church Hall.

The new session starts on September 16 and it is hoped new members will be attracted not only to take part in the dancing, but to enjoy the sociable way of getting fit and reducing stress levels.

Chairman Maggie Crouch and committee member Pat Sturrock explained that, whilst the Forfar Branch works closely with local primary schools for the Angus Days of Dance, which have been a resounding success with the youngsters, they are keen to attract more adult members to the group.

Maggie said: “Dancing is very sociable and you need no equipment other than a pair of soft shoes.

“The Caledonian University carried out research which noted Scottish Country Dancing is really good for dementia as it keeps the brain ticking over.

“We have a teacher, Lorna Valentine, who will help if members can’t do the dances.”

Research has shown that dancing, particularly Scottish country dancing, is one of the best forms of activity for keeping the body active and the mind alert. It can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and help prevent or complement the treatment of serious and chronic conditions. Further details from www.rscdsforfar.co.uk New members will be made most welcome on Tuesday evening.