Our U3A Seniors’ Classes are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 Lockdown.
Ballroom dancing is a gentle, low-impact, social, aerobic exercise, so as well as keeping your mind and body co-ordinated, it helps to keep you fit!
Did you always promise yourself that you will learn to dance “one day”?
Well, that day is now here, Penrith Ballroom Dance has designed a class especially for you – the “Young At Heart”, and those who would like to stay that way!
And what about those who used to dance and would like to go back to it? This is for you too! And if we are not able to do it the way we used to, then we modify the steps to complement our abilities.
We have partnered with U3A Nepean to run classes for Seniors.
The U3A classes run on Friday mornings at our studio. The Experienced dancers’ class is from 9.30 – 11.00 am and the Beginners’ class is from 11.30am – 1.00 pm. For a small cost, morning tea is provided between the two classes.
Membership of U3A is essential for these classes, find out how to join U3A here https://www.u3apenrith.org.au
Ballroom dancing is a feel-good way to improve your fitness. Given the unique combination of physical exercise, social interaction and mental concentration, all set to music, it’s no wonder it has been found to help relieve stress, increase energy and improve strength and muscle tone.
What to wear?
- Clothing – Comfortable casual clothing
- Footwear – proper ballroom dance shoes are required for all students. We ask that you have your shoes by your 4th week with us. Beginners, until you have your ballroom shoes, please wear firm fitting, flat soled shoes, preferably court shoes for the ladies, no thongs, slip-ons, slides or scuff styles, no joggers and no work boots. The fine stiletto heels for ladies are equally unsuitable. Your teacher will discuss where to purchase your ballroom shoes.
A five year study in New York by Dr Joe Verghese, a neurologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found ballroom dancing to be the most effective physical activity in reducing the risk of dementia.
Join the fun, make new friends, put a spring in your step and a smile on your face!
What Our Dancers Say About Us
I have wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing all of my life, but somehow the years raced past and life got in the way.
At long last I am delighted to be in the U3A beginner’s Class and would like to say a big “thank you” to Therese Walz for your patience, your sense of humour and your dedication to teaching us how to dance well! Read more...
TheU3A Ballroom Dancing Classes held at the Penrith Ballroom Dancing Studio most capably taught by Therese Walz might also be described as wellbeing classes for seniors as they incorporate many of the skills and activities recommended to improve and maintain the mental, Social and physical aspects of Senior citizens lives. Read more...
Therese, you are a wonderful teacher, you explain things very clearly, take time to help anyone who is struggling, you have a lot of patience and are able to communicate well with both adults and children alike.
As a lot of parents do, we wanted to provide the opportunity for our children to dance from an early age to develop their sense of rhythm and also confidence. Their first dance studio offered jazz ballet, tap and traditional ballet. This was nice at the start but after a couple of years, their routines were becoming a bit inappropriate for their age, Read more...
Eric and Aizeret Lee
When we started with Penrith Ballroom Dance, all we had was a vague idea that we wanted to do more than just move randomly in time with the music and we had looked enviously at those couples who could actually dance. Neither of us had the slightest idea of how to dance, we both had 'two left feet' and we were very nervous at appearing foolish and uncoordinated. Read more...
John and Margaret Boyter
In my experience, learning to dance at Penrith Ballroom Dance has been fantastic. I first joined the studio when I was 12 years old and took part in the children's beginners class. I worked hard and enjoyed every moment of it, progressing through the years and the medals. Read more...
Before starting our lessons with Penrith Ballroom Dance in late 2005 we were apprehensive and somewhat nervous. We did not know the difference between a rumba, samba or cha cha cha. Even foxtrot, waltz and quickstep were just names of dances we had seen in crosswords. However, at our first lesson we were warmly welcomed and found how easy it was Read more...
Neil and Anne Ratcliff
My fiance loves to dance, whereas I could not, and she wanted to dance at our wedding, not just stand there and sway.
Before we started our lessons I didn't think it would be possible for me to learn to dance, until I met the principal of Penrith Ballroom Dance. I said to my fiance that she doesn't know how lucky she was to find a teacher like Therese. Read more...
Jim Mueller, December 2007