Jane - Ufford Tap Dance Group
Fit Villages is a popular, well established project run by Suffolk Sport across the county. The project is supported by Suffolk County Council and Sport England and is part of Suffolk's aim to be the Most Active County. The project plays a big part in helping to combat social isolation as well as improving physical activity levels of communities in rural Suffolk.
Ufford Church Hall is a small but perfectly formed hall used for our recent tap class set up with Jill Steatfeild. She runs classes in Otley and Ufford and we are forever hearing stories of how great the classes are for everyone's wellbeing including that of Jane who joined the Ufford class in May 2017.
I have never been the type to go to the 'gym' or join an 'exercise class' in fact the thought of that makes me shudder. I'd always thought my two Labradors, large garden and small grandchildren were enough activity for me.
In spring 2017 that all changed when I joined Ufford Tap Class, I love music and dancing so thought I would be brave and give it a go, partly for fitness and partly for the social interaction. I live on my own so having an activity that you enjoy pushes you out of the house, particularly during the winter months when the nights are dark and cold and it's altogether easier to curl up in front of the fire. Dance and music is joyful in itself and sharing it with a group of like-minded people in a class with an excellent teacher who is also kind and patient is an added joy. I do travel to get to the class but it's worth every minute, I absolutely love it. It ticks all of the exercise boxes – cardio, mental agility and well-being. I have made new friends and found an exercise that I love and the refreshing drink after where we can talk about the class and get to know one another is an added bonus for those who can spare the time. I would encourage anyone sat on their sofa thinking 'it's not for them' to just give it a go . It's the highlight of my week now.