Buzz Academy may be Hastings’ youngest dance school, just six months old, but they are making a big impression on the south coast with more senior members of the community leading the way and getting into dance. School principal Verity Debarr-O’Donnell offers classes for all ages, including Dance Baby Sling classes, mini movers, junior and senior dance classes. However, the Silver Swans sessions – ballet aimed at the over 55s – has been the stand-out success so far!

The East Sussex Silver Swans school now has two groups in Hastings & St Leonards, as well as another two in Bexhill.  The lessons are delivered in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance and have attracted those returning to dance as well as beginners. The Royal Academy has developed the programme based on research into dance practice for older learners and classes are only taught by Silver Swans licensed teachers.

A delighted Verity said “Hastings & St Leonards have really embraced the Silver Swans and participants are realising the benefits of dance for the over 50s…Regular dance can help improve your fitness and confidence, as well as relieving stress.”

As the Silver Swans grow, Verity hopes that the Royal Academy of Dance registered teaching school will be able to offer more classes to the local community. She explained “Currently we offer sessions for Mums and babies, toddlers taking their first steps in dance and movement, as well as more traditional dance classes, but there is always space for more learning.” She added that anyone who is interested in dance, in all its forms, should get in touch and “start to get the buzz that this great art form can offer.”

Anyone interested in learning to dance, from Mums and babies to Silver Swans, can contact Buzz Academy on 07429 687214 or email [email protected]


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