“I dance 7 days a week!”, HCA meets dancing queen Yvonne at Millman Street Community Centre

“I dance 7 days a week!”, HCA meets dancing queen Yvonne at Millman Street Community Centre

Every Wednesday at our Millman Street Community Centre HCA hosts Mary Ward Centre’s free line dancing classes for the over 55’s.

We caught up with Yvonne, a long-standing member at Millman Street (and local Camden resident) just before her Wednesday Line Dancing class to find out how dancing keeps her happy.

“I’ve been dancing on and off for about 20 years. My father was a dancer and he took me to the studio when I was 4 and I remember seeing the lights and loved it. I came from a small village and it wasn’t until we moved to a bigger town I got involved in dancing myself. I actually first tried ballroom and Latin dancing on a cruise ship 20 years ago and have been doing it ever since. I like how dancing keeps you mobile, I don’t like the stompy ones so much, but I love the electric slide.

I currently dance 7 days a week across Camden, including Latin for 2 hours on a Sunday. I have a gold star level in ballroom dancing and on a Thursday I fit in two classes! I like to dress smartly for my dancing lessons. I just had the soles repaired on my shoes, the cobbler replaces them with a special sole and it’s much better to dance with – I glide across the floor.

I am an avid cruiser and go dancing every evening when I am on a cruise. I take 12 pairs of dancing shoes with me and have 4 outfit changes throughout the day. My next cruise is on the Italian Riviera, visiting 12 ports in 23 days. And I am going to New York and Canada in June.

I feel very happy when I dance and it brings out the endorphins. I heard a Dr say forget the gym and go dancing. It’s fun in a group if I miss a session people ask where I am and it’s nice. I wake up every morning and think this is a new adventure and a new day.”

Our Line Dancing Classes takes place every Wednesday at 4.00 pm at our Millman Street Community Centre at 50 Millman Street, WC1N 3QW.  For more information give us a call on 020 74052 370 or email admin@holborncommunity.co.uk

Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help