UK’s first fully inclusive online fitness classes available free
Thanks to funding from Sport England and the National Lottery a UK charity is the first to offer free online dance and yoga classes for children, the elderly, people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, as well as the visually impaired and blind.
In total, Synergy Dance Outreach offers 174 online classes which are available on demand via an easily accessible online platform. They are tailored to suit each type of group. The platform includes courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly.
The dance and yoga programmes are free for all ages including seated Para Stars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga®, bespoke classes Synergy Audio Yoga™ and Synergy Audio Dance™ for the visually impaired and additional programmes for autism, cerebral palsy, and those with learning difficulties.
Founder of Guildford-based Synergy Dance Outreach, Rachael Hurton, said: “I set up Synergy to make a difference, having discovered a gap in the market for inclusive, fun dance activities which appealed to all. I had nowhere to send my little boy who wanted to learn breakdance or my little girl, who dreaded the pressure of ballet and tap and wanted to try new dance styles in a more relaxed setting.
“Inclusivity is vital to us. At Synergy no one is left behind. We aim to ensure that neither finance, fitness, ability, disability nor family circumstance are barriers to participation. We set up Synergy Dance® Outreach, the charity arm of Synergy, to meet local need and create positive change, removing barriers to enable people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Our beneficiaries include people with special educational needs, those who are visually impaired, the elderly and other disadvantaged people, children and young people.
“We were determined lockdown would not stop us making a difference. Synergy pivoted fast to serve all our children, communities and service users. Just four days into lockdown in March, we launched our first online platform of courses for dance, yoga and meditation with courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly. Thanks to funding from Children in Need we have been able to expand our online platforms for children and young people, creating an opportunity to reach a far wider audience. We now have global interest and people can access our classes anywhere in the world. Now so many more people can join in the fun and improve their physical and mental health through exercise.”
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Notes to editors:
Synergy Dance® provide innovative dance and yoga activities in schools and leisure centres, serving both mainstream and the special needs and disability community. At Synergy, no one is left behind.