Silver Swans

Class Timetable & Locations

Silver Swans Class Timetable (Term Time Only)

Ballet for the over 55s (but under 55s also welcome).  


 •Mondays - Knaresborough, 10 a.m. COGS (Centre On Gracious Street, Methodist Church Centre), Chapel St, Knaresborogh HG5 8AN
 

 •Tuesdays - Thirsk, 10 a.m. East Thirsk Community Centre, Hambleton Place, Thirsk YO7 1DS. (free parking)


Wednesdays 9.45 a.m. Easingwold - Currently at the Scout Hut on Chase Gareth Rd but due to expansion from the 5th October we will be at the Catholic Church Hall of St. John the Evangelist, 151 Long St, Easingwold, York YO61 3JB (free parking).
 

•Thursdays 1.30 p.m. York (Huntington) - Huntington Memorial Hall, 46 Strensall Rd, Huntington, York, YO32 9SH


Fridays 10 a.m. Haxby (north of York) - St. Mary's Church Hall, North Lane, Haxby, York YO32 3JS (park in Haxby village and walk through St. Mary's Churchyard to get to the hall at the back), or walk through on the side road (Church St)


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Laucinda Roberts - RAD Silver Swans Licensee / London Studio Centre Trained / UKA Licentiate / Arts Council / DBS Checked / PPL / Fully Insured
Class Prices

Silver Swans Ballet class Pricing

Newcomers pay £6.75 (£7.25 if Knaresborough) for their first class, then there is an option to join a block booking for the rest of that half of term to continue to enjoy the benefits of that cheaper rate and to secure a place (because classes frequently sell out).  By not block booking, drop in costs are set at £8.50 per person (£9 if Knaresborough) per class and you will need to contact Jorvik Dance the day before the class you wish to attend to see if there is space.


Please note that block booking prices are adjusted for newcomers joining part way through a term if they want to block book for the remaining dates in that half of term. .

Payments can be made by card or cash on the day or BACs in advance.  

Ts & Cs - We run the half term block bookings the same way many dance schools do in that once you have paid, there is no refund for any classes you miss unless there are agreed extenuating circumstances.

Classes Contact

There is a separate email address for these classes which is jorviksilverswans@gmail.com but you may also use laucinda.roberts@gmail.com
Telephone number for all enquiries: 07725 478479

About Silver Swans

About Silver Swans

Your Silver Swans Licensee / teacher is Laucinda Roberts. Laucinda is no stranger to world-class ballet, given that her brother-in-law is none other than ‘Carlos Acosta’ (arguably the most famous ballet dancer of the modern era)!


Laucinda has 35 years of dance teaching and performance experience and, after completing a training course with the RAD, has been given approval by the Royal Academy of Dance to be a Silver Swans Licensee. This is a licence to teach Ballet to older learners in the community. Classes are aimed at over 55s but under 55s are also welcome.

There are even chair-based options for those with physical, or age-related or degenerative impairments.  Adaptations are always offered in classes.  As the RAD says “It’s never too late to shine.”

Dancing leads to improved balance, coordination, proprioception, strength, gait, agility, improved cognitive function in areas such as procedural learning and overall neuromuscular health and functional mobility, wellbeing and fitness levels. 

 

A recent study showed that dancing prevents the development of dementia by 76%.

Studies also show that only 20% of males and 17% of females between the ages of 65 and 74 get enough exercise! It then drops to only 9% males and 7% females over the age of 75! 

 

By continuing to dance past the age of 50, regular dance activity reduces the occurrence of a number of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis and depression.

  

Dance classes play such an important role in the elderly community.  Laucinda is fully aware of and motivated by the benefits of dance to combat anatomical issues associated with the ageing population and stave off degenerative conditions such as dementia. Falls prevention and social isolation benefits are also strong considerations in favour of these dance classes.  

 

Laucinda is also motivated for personal reasons because she was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2012 and was in a wheelchair for a short period of time.  Although Laucinda was already a dancer, getting into remission, returning to dance and seeing first-hand the benefits of dance with a disability / condition really motivated her to develop more in this area, hence the launch of more classes for this age group.  It helped that her husband Gareth had been an NHS clinician working in Physiotherapy across many areas from acute to community / elderly and is now in health trials research so she has access to a wealth of knowledge to draw on from his experience plus he is also a semi-retired professional dancer.


Each group is so friendly and welcoming and after class cuppas are routine. Make sure to join the WhatsApp groups and planned theatre trips. Don't miss the fun!

"I was an amateur ballet student from the age of 3 to 45. I am now 80 and have parkinsons. To be able to return to a ballet calss at an appropriate level is a god send. The class provides an enjoyable form of essential exercise recommended for my condition. Laucinda is sensitive to my limitations and keeps me safe. Silver Swans is an ideal way to start the week."
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