Cindy’s Silver Stompers, which meet and practice in Halifax, were created by dance teacher Lucinda (Cindy) Atkinson (the dance teacher) as her dance classes gained momentum.
Volunteers in this group have danced every year at Overgate Hospice and other venues, volunteering their time to raise money for charity.
When Covid lockdown ended her classes, she pursued them regularly through Zoom, maintaining contact with people who love to dance and bonding for them.
Doing this brought the dances to their homes, providing regular and enjoyable exercise, fun and contact with friends, and a sense of normalcy – which was so vital when so many people felt isolated and alone.
Since the Covid restrictions were lifted, Cindy has started her own business running classes and her membership has grown.
There are now around 60 and although historically the classes were aimed at people over 50, due to the advanced diversity and range of dances they encourage and invite all age groups.
On September 12 at the Great Get Together in Crow Wood Park, the group hosted their first post-pandemic event and about 35 of them danced in front of a crowded audience – many of whom participated when Cindy invited them to a session. learning.
Cindy will be teaching Jerusalema and many other dances at Piece Hall on November 7th from 12pm to 2pm.