Belly Dancing shaking it up at Wimbledon Guild

Wimbledon Guild is helping locals shake off their winter blues with its new belly dancing class. Instructor Turkan Ismail is running fortnightly classes at the social welfare charity’s Drake House venue and says the first session was a huge success.

She said: “All the ladies who came along to Wimbledon Guild’s taster session loved it. Belly dancing is a fabulous way of connecting with other women in a fun, non-competitive way and has health benefits including increasing flexibility, improving blood circulation and increasing confidence.”

The class is one of the highlights of Wimbledon Guild’s Ageing Well activities programme which helps older people stay fit, active and independent but the class is open to all abilities. The next class takes place on Thursday, March 9th, from 12pm to 1pm, at Drake House. Places are limited and must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Belly Dancing Dance Dancer Wimbledon Guild Merton excercise keep fit class classes

Turkan said: “We had ladies ranging from 50 to 70 at the taster class so anyone who wants to can come along and try something new. Don’t worry about what to wear either – whatever is comfortable and works for you, such as a t shirt and leggings is fine.”

Organiser Mel Surty-Garcia, Wimbledon Guild’s Community Engagement Manager, hopes the class will appeal to over-50s’ sense of fun and they’ll go along and give it a go. “This is a fun class which will lift your spirits and improve your fitness, co-ordination and balance. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to trying it out too!”

As well as belly dancing, Wimbledon Guild offers regular yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi sessions, all of which have recognised health benefits.

Wimbledon Guild helps people across Merton lead a better life by tackling poverty, supporting ageing and encouraging mental well-being.

For more information about Wimbledon Guild’s belly dancing class, which takes place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, and to book, visit, email or call 020 8946 0735.