South Hill Park

RG12 7PA

Silver Swans

Fri 12 Jan 2024
Fri 22 Mar 2024
2:45 PM
Dance Studio
Di Ruddick
Running Time:
1 hour

Please note this is a 10 week course with a two week half term. 

Silver Swans initiative has been developed for older learners so they, too, can take part in ballet classes. Whether you’re an experienced dancer, have briefly dabbled, or are a complete novice, we welcome all older learners of any ability to try our Silver Swans Classes.

Specially designed for older learners, Silver Swans ballet classes will help improve your mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels.
Improve your dance-life balance!

Research shows that most of the factors affecting quality of life and longevity are related to lifestyle, while only small percentage is hereditary. This means that there’s no excuse for not getting more active whatever your age and dance in particular can play a vital role in ensuring a longer and better quality of life.

Dance can be put ahead of other physical activities in the variety of health benefits that it brings. Ballet and dance are also very social activities and Silver Swans classes can be great places to meet new people with a passion and joy for life.

Wear – Ballet shoes or split sole dance sneakers. Tights/Leggings, Leotard or T-shirt and short ballet skirt. (If possible wear black or pink to give the group a classic ballet look)

Di has dance teaching qualifications in:
IDTA – International Dance Teachers Association
AIDTA – Associate International Dance Teachers Association – Tap, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop.
Dancecor Dance Organisation – Classical /Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop.

She has also trained and studied in the Fitness industry and has gone on to qualify in Les Mills /Body Jam, Zumba, Strictly FitSteps, Aqua Aerobics, Adult 50+ Dancecise, AeroDanceFit and Peoples Exercise with Disabilities.

Di has extensive Musical Theatre experience as performer, director and choreographer across a wide spectrum of theatrical productions both Amateur and Professional.
She also ran her own Dance Academy for a number of years teaching pupils of all ages and has successfully put a number of pupils through their teaching examinations. Other pupils are currently performing professionally in various Musical Theatre and Dance Companies worldwide. She established the Mplosion Dance Company, one of the first Cross-Cultural South African Dance Companies who performed successfully at many National Arts Festivals. Di has not only performed professionally herself in Dance and Musical Theatre but has also choreographed and directed professionally working with numerous performers and theatre directors.


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