A BROCAGH dance teacher has all the right steps to help you improve your mental health.
With the darker days of winter and colder nights looming, Christopher Cross is encouraging all Tyrone people who have a penchant for music, laughter and good company to take part in his feel-good dance classes to give their mood a boost.
The classes, which take place weekly in both Coalisland and Dromore, help attendees learn line dancing, Irish waltz, quick step and Irish country dancing, while creating long-lasting friendships.
Christopher, who has been dancing for a decade and counting, says that his classes have proved very popular over the years and gives the young and older alike something to look forward to in the week.
“I’ve always believed that music has great healing powers,” he said.
“For some, once they start dancing, all their worries are forgotten. The classes give them something else to focus their minds on.
“While for others, the music and dancing proves very nostalgic, and reminds them of their youth or happy times of the past.
“In fact, studies also prove that dancing reduces the onset of dementia.”
The 33-year-old added, “The classes are also all-inclusive: People of all-ages come along, such as young ones and teens, and others who have perhaps been widowed after losing a partner. And for a date night, it is great.
“The classes provide people with the opportunity to dance in a happy environment, and mix with people with the same frames of mind or similar backgrounds.
“It also gives them a chance to be involved in a group, offering them a sense of belonging and a place of acceptance.
“Even though it can be intimidating to try something new, people who turn up for the first time can’t wait to come back as their fellow dancers are so welcoming and friendly.
“And what’s more, it means that if you are ever at a wedding and a stranger asks you to dance, you can!”
• Christopher Cross’ dance classes take place every Monday evening at 8.30pm in Gervin’s Bar, Coalisland, and every Wednesday at 8pm in St John’s Business & Enterprise College, Dromore. Each class costs £5 per person.