New Silver Swans Ballet Classes to Inspire the Over-55s
Royal Academy of Dance and Angela Rippon CBE invite over-55s to become Silver Swans
On August 31st, the Royal Academy of Dance launched Silver Swans®, a pilot initiative offering ballet classes specifically for the over-55s and taught exclusively by Silver Swans Licensed Teachers in the UK and the USA.
Silver Swans classes help improve mobility, posture, coordination and energy levels and, most importantly, impart the sense of wellbeing that dance brings.
Respected journalist, television presenter and dance enthusiast, Angela Rippon CBE, has been named as the RAD’s Ambassador for Silver Swans. Earlier this year, Angela attended a Silver Swans teacher training session and met with some Swans. She says:
'I’m absolutely delighted to be the Ambassador for Silver Swans, having been involved in dance for many years, both professionally and in my private life.
'On my BBC programme How to Stay Young, we proved scientifically that dance is the exercise which ticks all the boxes, to give you the full mind and body workout. That really convinced me that dance is a way to ensure a long and healthy life; it keeps you supple, it’s an aerobic exercise, it gives you spatial awareness, it makes you use your brain, and it gives you some kind of social contact as well. I hope that men and women across the country will take up the Royal Academy of Dance’s invitation to become a Silver Swan.'
Silver Swans classes are delivered by qualified dance teachers who have undergone specialist training on how to safely adapt ballet teaching techniques and content for older adults. The training focuses on how to deliver a high-quality ballet class for learners aged 55 and over, equipping teachers to recognise and respond to the different needs of participants of a broad age range.