Why “Keep Line Dancing” has inspired a Chard woman in her personal remission from terminal cancer
For the members of a Line Dancing class at 1610 Chard the weekly dance session is a great opportunity to get fit and have fun but for one class member it is much more than that proving to be a vital lifeline of support in her remission from cancer.
73 year old Geraldine Dennis was instrumental in setting up the class at 1610 Chard as she believes that Line Dancing plays an important part in helping her to keep fit active and healthy. In 2011 Geraldine was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bowel cancer, she was told by her doctors that cancer was terminal as tumours were detected in her Liver and she was given up to two years to live. She was given Chemotherapy and operated on so that the tumours shrank and she has been cancer free since her last operation five years ago.
Geraldine is a regular and enthusiastic member of the Line Dancing class which runs twice a week at 1610 Chard. The class has proved to be a huge hit with other 1610 members and Geraldine believes this is because Line Dancing is good for both body and soul; “I have always loved Line Dancing and I kept going to line dancing classes even when I was having chemotherapy and I was back dancing a month after my Bowel tumour operation and then as often as I could between my Liver operations sometimes with a drain, tied around my thigh, under my jeans. I suggested setting up a class at 1610 Chard when other classes closed elsewhere and it is very popular with everyone here, all ages. It is the best overall exercise for mind and body, you have to concentrate on the new moves and it is a very sociable way of keeping fit.”
Geraldine says that keeping active with Line Dancing has helped her keep a positive approach to her recovery from cancer treatment and it is an important part of her life; “I am not the sort of person who can sit in a chair and look at the wall, I always say that you have to just keep dancing. It is not just for Country music fans, we dance to Michael Buble and other sorts of music so younger members of the gym come along and join us after they have worked out. It is so much fun and it really give you a boost.”
The General Manager of 1610 Trish Bishop says that classes in Line Dancing and the gentle Martial art of Tai Chi have really taken off at the centre but that Geraldine’s story shows how dance and movement can have a real impact on health; “We have seen real demand here for Line Dancing and Tai Chi as both disciplines are low impact and promote flexibility, strength and balance. They are such enjoyable and sociable activities and Geraldine is a real inspiration to us all here that keeping active and having a positive approach to life is the best way forward.”
Line Dancing is available at 1610 Chard on Wednesdays at 11.30am and on Fridays at 6.30pm. Tai Chi is at 11.30am on Tuesdays. For more information Tel 01460 494020.