Learn to dance like the stars in Sudbury

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A SUDBURY dance club is appealing for more people to reap the rewards of its energetic quickstep routines.

The Delphi Ballroom Dance Club, which has been running for more than 40 years, attracts around 25 couples to its weekly classes at the Delphi Club.

Group chairman Sue Baxter is keen to see more new members join.

“Even though we have been going for such a long time, people still say ‘we didn’t know you were there’,” said Mrs Baxter, who started dancing 17 years ago and took over as the club’s chairman in 2004.

“The Delphi has one of the best dance floors in the area and we want to start a new beginners’ class, but need to make sure there is a lot of interest and people know where we are.”

The 59-year-old, who goes dancing with her husband Rod, said the club had a mixture of members, including some younger couples, and accommodated different ability levels.

“The dancing really takes off when Strictly Come Dancing is on television, but people don’t realise it takes hours of practice to reach that standard,” said Mrs Baxter, who lives in Claypits Avenue in Bures.

“We look more at the fun side of things and the health benefits. Dancing is excellent for strengthening bones and muscles, as well as improving posture and reducing stress.”

She also said it was useful in helping decrease the chances of dementia, as people needed to remember dance steps.

When the club first started, it would attract around 120 people and Mrs Baxter said she would welcome a rise to similar figures.

“I have always loved dancing and anyone can come along, learn a skill and meet new people,” she said.

“People come from miles just to dance with the club and have a good time. All the members muck in and we have a fantastic committee.”

The club holds an hour’s dance tuition for beginners, improvers and experienced members from 7pm to 10pm every Thursday. There is also a chance to practice every Monday night from 7pm. A Saturday dance takes place on the first weekend of the month, with the next event on June 2.

q For more information, go to delphidance.co.uk or call Mrs Baxter on 01787 227876.