MAFIA dance

MAFIA dance

 

Charlie Browne is 78 and has been coming to Mature And Fit Inclusive Association (MAFIA) dance groups in Kirkby, Merseyside for seven years. “It’s activity for life,” he says. “I’ve had a quadruple heart bypass and this keeps me fit. I used to come to T’ai Chi classes at Southdene Community Centre [known as the ‘Commo’] and the dancing started as a splinter group. We do fun things like dancing at Kirkby Festival and there’s a real community spirit. Everyone has a laugh.”

Eileen Penny is the treasurer and started coming to MAFIA dance nearly eight years ago. “Since our teacher Alan Pugh came along we’ve gone from strength to strength. We’ve built up the group a bit more and there are 25 of us now. Everyone loves it and gets on with each other and we’ve even got some much older members who can’t dance anymore but still like to come along and socialise.

“It’s not expensive to run but we still have to pay for the room and pay Alan; we have subs every week but the £500 grant from CHCP Foundation made a huge difference and meant we could carry on dancing here. It’s so lovely to watch people blossom; Patsy used to be so shy and stayed at the back but now she’s dancing in the front row! It doesn’t matter about your weight or your build, community dance is for everyone.”

 

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