Category

Latest News

Synergy Dance® Outreach Receives Funding from the Postcode Community Trust

Synergy Dance® Outreach is extremely honoured, and excited to announce that we have received a grant from The Postcode Community Trust which is supported by players of The Postcode Lottery.

The Postcode Trust funding will be used to engage with & support many more people with SEND, and with those with long term health conditions.

Specialist SEND trained dance teachers will record fun 12 week Creative Dance programmes available for download on the Teachable Platform so participants can download videos & repeat as often as they wish, alone or with family members, friends, or carers.

It will also fund ParaStars DanceParty Live, a brand new and innovative weekly online dance event for 26 weeks to get inactive people active and responding to themes and requests from participants via our monitored ParaStars Dance Facebook Group.

 

We know from our partnership work with British Blind Sport what a buzz is created around the live events enabling participants to connect and feel a valued part of their community.

 

To join in our Live Dance Parties head to our Facebook Page, where we will share weekly event updates.

Dance Party Live Events:

December 22nd 5 pm (Christmas Dance Party): https://fb.me/e/YRYLPztV
January 13th at 6 pm (Space Adventure): https://fb.me/e/1UU4oGaxH
January 20th at 6 pm (Space Adventure): https://fb.me/e/11vQHXXy7
January 27th at 6 pm (Space Adventure): https://fb.me/e/4NycHuKVp

 

To participate and get involved with our online, inclusive classes you can enrol on our platform here:

https://synergy-dance-online.teachable.com

Synergy Dance® Online Inclusive Platform to Tackle Inequalities

Synergy Dance® Outreach (SDO) has been supported by EMD UK to develop and launch a national all-inclusive online platform offering free, easily accessible dance and yoga programmes for all ages.  The project, designed to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels of people from under-represented groups, was made possible by receiving funding of £17,000 from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund.  This amount was allocated from the £20m which had been assigned to the Tackling Inequalities Fund by the  National Lottery.

Founder of SDO, Rachael Hurton, is rightly proud of what they achieved in recording 174 online classes and keeping within budget.  She has written a guest blog for us to explain the vision behind it all and how they are transforming lives –

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.

Synergy Dance® Outreach – the charity arm of Synergy – was set up 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 older people, adults, those with special educational needs and other disadvantaged people, children and young people. Inclusivity is vital to us and we aim to ensure that neither finance, fitness, ability, disability nor family circumstance are barriers to participation.

When COVID-19 forced a national lockdown, here at Synergy, we carried on and did not stop in an effort to continue to reach our service users who needed our activities even more.  Funds were down, but that didn’t stop us, and we also wanted to keep our loyal team of talent in work and they all rose to the challenge of online delivery.

As weeks became months, and COVID-19 remained a high risk, I wanted to provide an all-inclusive online platform to host a diverse programme of online dance and yoga classes.  I wanted it to be something completely new to minimise the impact of coronavirus on the activity levels of people from under-represented groups, ensuring that the participation gaps did not widen during this period. I was keen to address inequalities in health and fitness uptake.

The lessons are new, fun, and tailored to each type of group. The platform includes courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly – who may choose from a wide range of activities and courses to keep fit, social and active for five main categories:

  • Special needs including autism and cerebral palsy
  • Visually impaired and blind
  • The disability community
  • Long term health conditions
  • The elderly

Our dance and yoga programmes are free for all ages via an easily accessible online platform. There is a variety of classes to choose from, including our bespoke brands seated Para Stars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga®, and we innovated a new style of delivery with Synergy Audio Yoga™ and Synergy Audio Dance™.  We had already built a platform for mainstream activities, funded by Synergy mainstream, which reached global audiences during the first lockdown.

You can view a taster of our platform and vision, incorporating our #TogetherWeCan campaign, here: https://youtu.be/p9sX5iid5NI

With the rise of our audio content, a partnership with British Blind Sport soon followed, and Synergy now provide regular audio and live content for this wonderful charity and many others, who work so hard to provide a varied programme of activities for their members.

Why do we need home-based exercise?

Our home-based on-demand exercise is especially suitable for those with disabilities, special needs, long term health conditions or for health referrals, as transport, lack of mobility and low incomes can be a real barrier to taking part.

It’s widely accepted that obesity and inactivity are on the rise. In 2017, 30% of children aged 2 to 15 were overweight or obese and 65% of adults. Many children and adults are not getting their one hour of activity a day. On the mental health side, there are increasing numbers of children and young people with emotional and behavioural disorders – in 2017, one in eight children had at least one mental health disorder, hospitals seeing an increase in self-harm, depression and other mental health admissions and CAHMS referrals. Physical health is intrinsically linked to mental well-being.

What the stats say

Not everyone is suited to team or competitive sports. Disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people with 53% saying this is due to “no activities suitable for me” and 46% saying “fear of not being welcome or no suitable environment”.

  • For people with disabilities, according to the charity Scope, of the 14.1 million disabled people in the UK, 8% are children, 19% are working age adults, and 45% are of pension age. Put simply, nearly 1 in 5 has some form of disability.
  • For Visually Impaired people, RNIB 2020 sight loss data shows there are currently 2,140,000 people in the UK with sight loss (1,820,000 England), comprising
    • 283,000 with severe sight loss (blindness) (242,000 in England)
    • 477,000 with partial sight (406,000 in England)
    • 1,380,000 with mild sight loss (1,170,000 in England).
  • For the elderly: According to Age UK, there are 3 million people in the UK aged 60 and above– a figure set to pass the 20 million mark by 2030.

Reports suggest that loneliness and mental health issues are on the rise, which is no surprise given the necessary COVID-19 restrictions which have been enforced in the last year.  Synergy wanted to encourage suitable fitness opportunities for the aging population as we felt the participation gaps were likely to widen during this period – with care home and residential Outreach activities on pause.

Most of us can just go out to exercise – walking, running, cycling etc – to keep fit at the moment – but those who are chair bound or who lack mobility, are far more restricted at this time and many have to stay shielding at home.

Research also shows the inactivity problem is worse among people with low socioeconomic status and this results in health inequalities which cost the public purse. The aim of our platform was to provide easy to access activities, with many free courses to encourage sustainable health behaviour changes – all made possible with the funding from Sport England/National lottery and partnership with EMD UK.

What does the future hold?

Our platform was designed to use technology that will enable easy onboarding of members to train and work their way through our carefully designed programmes which were created in consultation with service users to meet the widest possible spectrum of needs.

We know already from feedback and our market research that there is a growing need for the inclusive services we deliver, and research shows this to commonly be the case nationally. Our new platform enables us to support a more diverse range of needs from long term health conditions to different age groups of wheelchair users, which will make a significant difference and resilience to fear, anxiety and isolation, which is likely to be at an all-time low. Diversity of delivery has always been my vision – hence the name – Synergy.

Both our online and face to face programmes can help reduce inactivity and the consequent cost to health and social care in the UK by providing fun, online activities to do at home or in communal, face to face settings. This will help reduce the financial burden on health and social care and provide great value for money.

Our platform of classes will continue to evolve and innovate on a monthly basis – to continue to provide the upbeat and inclusive classes to motivate our members to keep fit and keep going – in what has been an exceptional year for us all.

To find out more, become a Synergy teacher, join our training programme or to book a class visit our websites:

http://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk

http://synergydance.co.uk

For partnership enquiries please contact admin@synergydance.co.uk

Transforming Lives

Transforming lives.

The long-term benefits of Synergy online dance, yoga and audios

Send ChildrenBy Rachael Hurton, founder

We all know that doing physical activity is proven to relieve stress, improve mental health and boost the immune system. 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.

Maintaining regular routines is very important – and during the Covid outbreak, Synergy took their activities online for a fully inclusive platform, so that their dance and yoga can be practiced outdoors/indoors, early morning, lunchtime or at the end of the day, on demand, at home or in a shared setting. It is a very flexible programme. This new platform delivery has been made possible with special thanks to EMD UK and Sport England/Lottery funding, to tackle inequalities in activity rates in the UK.

Synergy’s National platform of inclusive online classes reaches out to a diverse range of groups who are keen to keep fit but may not always have access to fit for purpose activities:

https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com/

The Synergy lessons are innovative and fun and tailored to each type of group. The platform includes courses for: children, teens, adults and the elderly – who may choose from a wide range of activities and courses to keep fit, social and active including: Special Needs including Autism & Cerebral Palsy; Visually Impaired and Blind; The Disability Community; Long Term Health Conditions; The elderly and Adults with a learning disability.

The dance and yoga programmes are FREE for all ages including seated Para Stars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga®, our bespoke brands, Synergy Audio Yoga™ & Synergy Audio Dance™, a new style of delivery, with additional programmes for autism, cerebral palsy and those with learning difficulties – all via an easily accessible online platform. (Synergy also built a pilot platform for mainstream activities which reached global audiences during lockdown 1, funded by Synergy mainstream).

There is a lot of content for children – and the platform is also supporting teens, adults and the elderly. You can view a taster of the platform and vision below, incorporating our #Together We Can campaign:

The platform is easy to access with many free courses to encourage sustainable health and activity behaviour changes.

Benefits and how the online resources will transform lives:

We set up our platform to support improved mental health and wellbeing to under-represented groups. The main goals were to improve confidence and self-esteem and to improve fitness – with regular, fun activities to enjoy and look forward to.

Our yoga and dance audios, Special Needs lessons and ParaStars® Yoga and Dance seated classes are designed to:

  • Improve spatial awareness, balance and co-ordination and to improve posture– which is a major issue for both Visually impaired adults and children and the disability community.
  • Improve physical and motor skills
  • Improve ability in the disability community to act freely within their environment
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem, increasing independence and quality of life
  • Allow for decreased social isolation through participation, fun and building of skills

Synergy’s fully inclusive and innovative provision of dance and yoga improve both physical and mental well-being. Disabilities often affect whole families, not just the person affected and when a participant experiences improved quality of life via our program – this in turn has a positive impact on close family members, friends and carers who are always delighted to witness anticipated improvements such as confidence, better posture and new agility and skills.

The programmes have been designed in consultation with our participants to meet their specific needs, facilitating desired accessible service provision, co-designed by the participants themselves and helping to redress local health inequalities.

Participating in our seated activities will enable people of all ages and abilities to maintain fitness, flexibility, motor skills, core strength and improve posture which is very important to those who are restricted to seated activities or how lack mobility due to a long term health condition. They will also help to improve mental health and well-being and aid better sleep. The online lessons enable fun activities and using the imagination whilst being home bound, as we introduce props to our routines and enriching music. The online courses also improve general well-being and reduce feelings of stress and frustration at being confined to home – participants can do classes daily if they wish or several times a day and we encourage participants to build up regular patterns of exercise on a weekly basis which can become a natural part of their fitness routine. Sport England/Lottery funding enabled Synergy to offer these services quickly and efficiently online to those groups who were in danger of being left out of accessible exercise programmes. Our online pilot had already established a growing need for on demand activities at home.

The larger scope is that we will continue to develop our online programmes beyond Covid 19 and National lockdowns. Anticipated impacts on society and the economy are that more people from disadvantaged or inactive groups will take part in exercise because it is easy to access, without finance or travel as a barrier to taking part. This in turn will improve health and activity rates.

Inactivity causes a number of health-related illnesses

In 2006/2007, the estimated cost of physical inactivity to the NHS was:

£117 million for stroke, £542 million for heart disease, £65 million for colorectal cancers, £54 million for breast cancer and £158 million for type 2 diabetes. Academic research shows that the rising global burden of NCDs such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, constitute a major and increasing public health challenge costing around $50 billion worldwide (Lancet. 2016;388:1311–24). There has been a great deal of academic research already which reveals that physical inactivity is the 4th leading cause of global mortality.

I believe Synergy can help to solve the societal challenges outlined above through our Synergy online courses, as we go beyond what we have successfully delivered to scale and have longevity, reach and benefit many more people, improving inclusivity, health and wellbeing for all across the UK.

Feedback so far…

Feedback so far shows that Synergy participants look forward to our activities as part of their weekly routine. The benefits of being able to continue the service online are:

1) Enabling the disability community to have more of the same choices and opportunities to participate in yoga and fitness activities as their non-disabled peers.

2) Our participants have built new friendships in face to face classes, so feel less isolated and have built resilience to social situations via the regular and repeated nature of the classes. Via both online dance and yoga, we have provided continuation online – the activities will break up their day and can be repeated and practiced as often as they need.

3) The participants have built confidence and self-esteem and had the opportunity to be creative and are encouraged to express themselves with freestyle sections in many workouts.

4) By having an active role in what they are doing participants feel positively empowered. The children we teach are also given challenges and goals, and so they learn the value of effort and hard work giving a sense of achievement on a weekly basis.

5) The participants have also become more active and physically fitter across the year, since we started our online platforms: what may have proved a challenge at first, became easier over time. They have enjoyed trying new fun activities, especially the audio yoga, which they had never experienced before. Some participants even asked us to “make it harder” as they travelled over the threshold from complete beginner to improver.

 

 

With Covid 19, we expect anxiety levels to be up – especially if tensions are picked up at home. Parents are now trying to juggle working from home and potentially supervising children, with disabilities. Our classes bring structure to the day and enable participants to improve their flexibility, motor skills, core strength and posture by repeating yoga postures.

The overall goal is improved physical and mental health and wellbeing (providing additional value by also improving feelings of confidence and wellbeing for disability families and carers) and helping to reduce the burden on health and social care services in regions throughout the UK. To find out more, become a Synergy teacher or to join a class visit our websites:

http://synergydance.co.uk/

Longevity

Change in lifestyle pattern

Option of on demand and face to face exercise

The Vision Behind Our New Inclusive Platform

All-inclusive exercise platform for all from Synergy

The vision behind it all and how we are transforming lives…

By founder of Synergy Dance – Rachael Hurton

 

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.

Synergy Dance Outreach – the charity arm of Synergy – was set up 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 older people, those with “SEND” and other disadvantaged people, children and teenagers. Inclusivity is vital to us and we aim to ensure that neither finance, fitness, ability, disability nor family circumstance are barriers to participation.

When Covid-19 forced a National lockdown – at Synergy – we carried on and did not stop – in an effort to continue to reach our service users who had never needed our activities more – from one of our teen yoga participants, Rowan, who is blind, to isolated children with autism, or the elderly –simply battling with loneliness, poor health or lack of mobility. Funds were down – but that didn’t stop us – we also wanted to keep our loyal team of talent in work and they all rose to the challenge of online delivery.

As weeks became months, and Covid remained a high risk, as founder of Synergy Outreach, I wanted to provide an all-inclusive online platform – home to a diverse programme of online dance and yoga classes including lessons for those with a disability, long term health conditions, Visually Impaired/Blind, Special Needs and older adults. Something completely new to minimise the impact of coronavirus on the activity levels of people from under-represented groups, ensuring that the participation gaps did not widen during this period. I was keen to address inequalities in health and fitness uptake.

With incredible support from EMDUK and much-needed funding from Sport England/National Lottery, we launched our National platform, in just a few months, working round the clock to make it happen:

View Our Platform Here

The dance and yoga programmes are FREE for all ages including seated ParaStars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga®, our bespoke brands, Synergy Audio Yoga™ & Synergy Audio Dance™, a new style of delivery, with additional programmes for autism, cerebral palsy and those with learning difficulties – all via an easily accessible online platform. (We had already built a platform for mainstream activities which reached global audiences during lockdown 1, funded by Synergy mainstream).

There is a lot of content for children – and we are also supporting teens, adults and the elderly. You can view a taster of our platform and vision below, incorporating our #Together We Can campaign:

The lessons are new and fun and tailored to each type of group. The platform includes courses for: children, teens, adults and the elderly – who may choose from a wide range of activities and courses to keep fit, social and active for 5 main categories:

*Special Needs including Autism & Cerebral Palsy*

*Visually Impaired and Blind*

*The Disability Community*

*Long Term Health Conditions*

*The elderly*

With the rise of our audio content, a partnership with British Blind Sport soon followed, and Synergy now provide regular audio and live content for this wonderful charity, who work so hard to provide a varied programme of activities for their members.

Why do we need home based exercise?

Our home based on demand exercise is especially suitable for those with disabilities, special needs, long term health conditions or for health referrals, as transport, lack of mobility and low incomes can be a real barrier to taking part.

It’s common knowledge now that obesity and inactivity are on the rise. In 2017, 30% of children aged 2 to 15 were overweight or obese and 65% of adults. Many children and adults are not getting their one hour of activity a day. On the mental health side, there are increasing numbers of children and young people with emotional and behavioural disorders – in 2017, 1 in 8 children had at least 1 mental health disorder, hospitals are seeing increase in self-harm, depression and other mental health admissions and CAHMS referrals. Physical health is intrinsically linked to mental well-being.

What the stats say…

According to the charity Scope, there are 14.1 million disabled people in the UK and according to RNIB Sight loss data, over 350,000 people registered blind. Not everyone is suited to team or competitive sports. Disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people with 53% saying this is due to “no activities suitable for me” and 46% saying “fear of not being welcome or no suitable environment”. For people with disabilities, according to SCOPE, https://www.scope.org.uk/media/disability-facts-figures/ there are: 13.9 disabled people in the UK, 8% of children are disabled, 19% of working age adults are disabled, 45% of pension age adults are disabled. Or put simply, nearly 1 in 5 has some form of disability.

For Visually Impaired people, RNIB 2020 sight loss data shows: 2,140,000 people in the UK currently with sight loss (1,820,000 England) 283,000 with severe sight loss (blindness) (242,000 in England) and 477,000 with partial sight (406,000 in England) and 1,380,000 with mild sight loss (1,170,000 in England).

For the elderly: According to Age UK, there are 15.3 million people in the UK aged 60 and above – a figure set to pass the 20 million mark by 2030. Reports suggest that loneliness and mental health issues are on the rise, which is no surprise given the necessary Covid restrictions which have been enforced in the last year.  Synergy wanted to encourage suitable fitness opportunities for the aging population as we felt the participation gaps were likely to widen during this period – with care home and residential Outreach activities on pause.

Most of us can just go out to exercise walking, running, cycling etc. to keep fit at the moment, but those who are chair bound or who lack mobility, are far more restricted at this time – as many have to stay shielding at home.

Research also shows the inactivity problem is worse among people with low socioeconomic status and this results in health inequalities which cost the public purse. The aim of our platform was to provide easy to access activities, with many free courses to encourage sustainable health behaviour changes – all made possible with the funding from Sport England/National lottery and partnership with EMDUK.

What does the future hold?

Our platform was designed to use technology that will enable easy onboarding of members to train and work their way through our carefully designed programmes, created in consultation with service users to meet the widest possible spectrum of needs.

We know already from feedback and our market research, that there is a growing need for the inclusive services we deliver, and research shows this to commonly be the case nationally. Our new platform enables us to support a more diverse range of needs from long term health conditions to different age groups of wheelchair users, which will make a significant difference and resilience to fear, anxiety and isolation, which is likely to be at an all-time low. Diversity of delivery has always been my vision – hence the name – Synergy.

Both our online and face to face programmes can help reduce inactivity and the consequent cost to health and social care in the UK by providing fun, online activities to do at home or in communal, face to face settings. This will help reduce the financial burden on health and social care and provide great value for money.

Our platform of classes will continue to evolve and innovate on a monthly basis – to continue to provide the upbeat and inclusive classes to motivate our members to keep fit, and keep going – in what has been an exceptional year for us all.

To find out more, become a Synergy teacher or to join a class visit our websites:

Synergy Dance Ltd

Synergy Dance Outreach

Christmas Dance Party with Synergy Dance Outreach and Challengers

Want to keep fit and have fun?

On Saturday 12th December Synergy Dance Outreach is joining Challengers to host a one-hour long fundraising Christmas Dance Party from 11 am until 12 pm and we would love to invite everyone –  young or elderly, whatever your ability to join in, have fun, take part and help us raise vital funds during what has been an incredibly difficult year.

The suggested donation to gain entry is £10, with all funds raised going to support the incredible work of both Synergy Dance Outreach and Challengers. Donations will be split equally between the two charities. If you cannot make the event but would still like to support two amazing charities, please feel free to make a donation on this page.

Due to COVID this event will be held via Zoom, and entry will be open from 10.45 am. It will be an hour filled with fun, and easy to follow dance routines by our wonderful, talented and highly qualified instructor Erin who will provide options and moves for all abilities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today, and be part of the biggest danceathon of 2020!

Please ensure when taking part that you wear loose, comfortable clothing and have a bottle of water nearby. Due to the routines please also make sure you have enough space to move around. This is a Christmas themed Dance Party so feel free to DRESS UP!

To join in, or to donate please go here

 

Don’t forget to share with your friends, family and colleagues on social media too!

Inclusive National Dance & Yoga Platform

Synergy Dance Outreach is excited to announce the launch of our NEW National online platform which includes inclusive dance and yoga classes for all ages. We would like to say a huge thank you to National Lottery funding from Sport England in partnership with EMDUK for making this possible.
Synergy Dance® Outreach is offering a FREE diverse programme of online dance and yoga classes including classes for those with a disability, long term health conditions, Visually Impaired/Blind, Special Needs and older adults.
The dance and yoga programmes are for all ages including seated ParaStars Dance™, and ParaStars Yoga®, audio yoga & dance and more, all via an easily accessible national online platform.
The lessons are innovative and fun and tailored to each group.
The platform includes courses for children, teens, adults and seniors – who may choose from a wide range of activities and courses to keep fit, social and active:
  • Seated Yoga for Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors
  • Seated Dance for Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors
  • Yoga for Children and Teens with Autism and Cerebral Palsy
  • Yoga and Dance for Adults with Learning Difficulties
  • Audio Dance for the Visually Impaired and Blind Community with Classes for Children, Teens and Adults
  • Audio Yoga for the Visually Impaired and Blind Community with Classes for Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors.
  • Audio Meditation for Visually Impaired and Blind Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors Dance and Yoga for Mainstream Children and Adults
To enrol yourself, your children or a family member please go to – don’t forget to share and help us spread the word!
https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com

We’re Now Taking Bookings at Guildford Spectrum

Classes at Guildford Spectrum 

What is Synergy Dance?

Synergy Dance® is a mixed dance, yoga and fitness program for boys and girls (infants, juniors and teens) in schools and leisure centres. We provide dance and fitness classes, courses, workshops, dance parties, holiday camps and SEND programs.

 

Prices are £8.50 per person, per class. Pay as you go tasters may be arranged by contacting admin@synergydance.co.uk

Mainstream Timetable:
(click the links below, to book and secure your child’s place. Due to COVID places are limited, so ensure you book fast to avoid missing out!) 

Monday – Synergy Teen Dance 12+ years – 4.45pm to 5.45pm

Wednesday – Synergy Acro Dance Class 6+ years – 5.10 pm to 5.55pm

Thursday – Synergy Teen Yoga 12+ years – 4.00pm to 4.45pm

Saturday – Synergy Dance Acro with Street Dance 5 to 11 years – 9.30am to 10.30am

Saturday – Synergy Break Dance and Street 7 to 13 years – 10.30am to 11.30am

Saturday – Synergy Break Dance and Street 13+ years – 11.30am to 12.25pm

SEN Timetable:
(click the links below, to book and secure your child’s place. Due to COVID places are limited, so ensure you book fast to avoid missing out!)

Tuesday – Synergy Outreach SEND Dance and Movement 5+ years – 4pm to 4.45pm

Thursday – Synergy Outreach SEND & VI Yoga 11 to 18 years – 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Thursday – ParaStars Yoga for Teens 11+ years – 4.30pm to 5.30pm

 

Instructors in Action

 

 

The Launch of ParaStars Yoga®

ParaStars Yoga

Here at Synergy Dance Outreach, we believe in inclusivity and have specifically developed a new programme called ParaStars Yoga®.

ParaStars Yoga® will be delivered online, via pre-recorded routines which you can take part in at home, or in community settings. In-person, classes will be available in due course.

Yoga is a spiritual and physical activity which has become increasingly popular due to its positive impacts on health and overall wellbeing, including pain relief and relaxation.

Yoga is beneficial for all ages, abilities, body types and fitness levels. It’s a very adaptable physical activity, and due to this our ParaStars Yoga® Programme is solely based on seated positions and routines for the disabled community and those with long-term health conditions.

The benefits of yoga are vast and it’s a beneficial addition to anyone’s lifestyle, specifically for those who may experience muscle tightness, muscular weakness, poor mental health or chronic pain.

 

Here are just a few of the benefits Yoga can have:

  • Increased strength, flexibility and balance
  • Decreased stress and anxiety through relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Improve posture
  • Increased blood flow and reduced blood pressure
  • Improve bone and muscle health
  • Improved move and overall focus
  • Strengthened joints and connective tissues
  • Strengthened muscles
  • Social and inclusion benefits

 

Yoga in a wheelchair, or with long-term health conditions is 100% possible with ParaStars Yoga® and, it’s also great FUN!

Enrol today

As with any new exercise routine, you should consult with a medical professional before starting and ensure you have a safe and comfortable place to participate in.

£2,000 Raised for the Community Fitness Networks ‘Get Yer Kit On’ Project

Synergy Dance Fundraising Certificate

This year Synergy Dance took part in classfinders Group Ex Festival in partnership with EMD UK alongside a wide array of other fantastic organisations to help keep the nation active.

In total, the event raised over £2,000 for the Community Fitness Network ‘Get Yer Kit On’ project and helped 300 households get ACTIVE! 

This money will mean that more women will now be able to access physical activity and career pathways into group exercise. If you would like to find out more about the ‘Get Yer Kit On’ project you can do so here.

You can also head on over to EMD UK and view their National Sporting Heritage Day video that will show you the true resilience and determination of instructors who have adapted and kept on going throughout the pandemic to keep people active and entertained.

We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who took part and made it such an incredible event to be a part of, and also a huge thank you to our incredibly talented instructors who have helped make this and other events possible this year.

 

 

VI & SEND Classes

Send Children

There is a lot of debate around sport and Special Educational Needs children in addition to children with Visual Impairments, and oftentimes they can feel excluded, which can lead to a new range of issues such as poor mental health and even obesity.

Here at Synergy Dance Outreach, we believe that #TogetherWeCan and we run several inclusive courses in Dance and Yoga for students with Special Educational Needs and Visual Impairments. Our courses are held in and around the South East and usually take place in schools and leisure centres – our online classes have National reach and global interest.

If your child hasn’t been to a dance class before, there is no need to worry because our classes are suitable for complete beginners in addition to those who already have dance knowledge. You can also rest assured that they will be in good hands with our amazing and fully qualified dance teachers.

Dance whilst a great, fun activity also has many benefits such as:

  • Physical Fitness – individuals can get to and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Dance can improve flexibility, strength and motor skills
  • An increase in confidence and self-esteem
  • Having an outlet for creativity and imagination
  • It’s a great stress relief and can help diminish depression

Dance can also become a lifelong passion for your child into adulthood and beyond giving them a focus outside of their additional needs.

If you’d like to book onto one of our courses you can do so below –

Woking Leisure Centre – VI & SEN Teen Dance Class 11+ years

Woking Leisure Centre – VI & SEN Dance and Movement 5+ years

Additional courses will be available in due course at Guildford Spectrum, to be placed on a waiting list please contact kathryn@synergydance.co.uk

Alternatively, we also have some online classes if you and your child would like to try those first.

Junior & Teen Dance at Home for SEND Students

Audio Dance with Ren and Jennifer for Visually Impaired and Blind Students

Thank you for stopping by, we hope to see you at one of our classes soon!

Thank you for stopping by, we hope to see you at one of our classes soon!