Belly Dance? Yes we can!
Dance workshops, classes and tasters for wellbeing, for older adults, those with limitations and health needs, including social isolation, mental health, falls prevention and chronic health conditions.
- Qualified, experienced, and insured teacher
- Experience of working with health programmes (Health Fit Staffordshire, SureStart)
- Save agency fees, book direct
- PAT tested equipment
I am a Somerset-based dance practitioner, offering weekly dance classes, open to all over 14. A qualified Extend teacher, I also offer one-to-one work with individuals or small groups with health needs or disability. This can be either dance-based or exercise-based, including seated exercise, designed to increase mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination, and balance.
Free Taster Class For Professionals
I offer any interested health professional a free taster session at my weekly class at The Studio, Blakehay Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare Wednesdays 7.30-8.30pm
If you would like further details, please contact me here.
- Regular Weekly Dance Classes open to all
- Seated, non-seated or mixed ability participants
- One-to-one work (falls prevention, etc.)
The NHS suggests 5 steps to mental wellbeing
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
“Three years ago I was on medication for severe depression, had no social life and no friends. My doctor suggested I joined a gym where I could meet people and, whilst exercising at the same time, which is noted to help with depression. I joined the gym…. Pedralta Belly Dance classes were advertised on the notice board and plucked up the courage to go along and try it out. It was the best thing that happened to me. Immediately, I was met by Donna and a friendly group of people, who treated me straightaway as part of the group. That was 3 years ago. Now have something to focus on every week and when I feel lonely and down, I know I have my dancing class to look forward to, ……..AND FRIENDS.“
“I cannot thank Donna enough for what the class has done for me. We learn, we have fun and we dance. I also now get exercise which has helped me both physically and mentally, as I wouldn’t otherwise have bothered and am no longer on medication. I would definitely recommend Belly Dance Classes.” Jenny of Sutton
“Donna is an excellent teacher. She teaches the steps and correct dancer’s posture with precision so you can feel that you are getting it right. The classes are really enjoyable and a great way to make good friends. She is also a mesmerizing dancer and Pedralta Dance performances are just lovely to watch”. Angela Lane
“Since beginning Middle Eastern Dance 5 years ago, I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my health and well-being. Physically, the marked improvement in my posture has reduced the back pain that I had resigned myself to …..The drills and exercises required for advanced moves, have strengthened the muscles & ligaments in my knees, which has helped address a long-term joint condition. I am more reliable at working on these areas through dance than through my physiotherapist’s exercises alone! The low impact nature of MED allows me to access exercise that I had abandoned due to the high-impact nature of many of the more traditional fitness classes.
I feel more toned, healthy & my dance class allows me to unwind and de-stress. The social element cannot be underestimated, as there is a thriving dance scene both here and abroad, which can be an excellent way of meeting new people … It is inclusive of all ages & abilities. Struggling to accept my body for many years, I am now happy and more forgiving with myself and others’ perception of me” Amanda Tivey
“I have much better awareness of posture but most importantly for me I have much better mental health! & have met some truly lovely people and made some wonderful new friends! You really do get a sense of belonging to an amazing community.” Sue Salloway