Dancing Divas

Claire Rudd at her Blackpool Popdance class

Claire Rudd at her Blackpool Popdance class

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LOCAL ladies are being invited to dance away the winter blues with a new fitness class.

Popdance teaches over 18s professionally-choreographed routines to pop classics, from the 80s through to the ‘noughties’, by artists such as Kylie, Michael Jackson and Girls Aloud, as well as movie themes such as Flashdance and Footloose.

The classes, run entirely by mums, aim to give stressed out adults a chance to let loose and have a good boogie.

Its inventor Sue Wybrow hopes women will “let go”, have fun and dance their troubles away.

Popdance classes are currently running at Blackpool’s Scream Theatre School.

Popdance instructor Claire Rudd, 27, who lives in Blackpool, said: “It’s so good for people, because it’s not like the sort of dancing they see on TV, they don’t have to have danced before or be that musical.

“Popdance helps show people you don’t have to go the gym to do exercise.

“If you go to Popdance, you get to have fun – I always say it’s just like a girls’ night out without alcohol.

“People have demanding lifestyles and going to Popdance gives them the chance to just to have some time for themselves, to have fun and get fit.

“Customers can leave all their worries at the door and come in to have a good old dance.

“It’s easy for people to pick up and I make the routines to suit the class and we just go with the flow.

“Whether you have never had the opportunity to learn how to dance, or have had previous dance experience, you’ll be sure to learn some new funky moves, meet some new friends, have a laugh and burn a few calories at the same time.”

Sue Wybrow, 39, of St Albans, started Popdance in 2009.

She said: “I started Popdance as I wanted to do a dance class where I could learn routines to pop music from the 80s, 90s and 00s in a relaxed and friendly environment where I would feel comfortable.

“So no streetdance or a class full of slim 18-year-olds.

“Popdance gives busy people an hour of ‘me’ time and enables them to have fun and exercise without realising it.

“I feel so much better after I have been to Popdance, time away to think about just the steps and to listen to feel good music.

“Popdance enables everyone to dance.”

Popdance classes are held at the The Red Door Studios, Wareham Road, Layton, on Wednesday evenings, 7-8pm, costing £5.

For more details visit www.popdance.co.uk or call 08444 829706.