Ballet dancer on a mission to get people on their feet

Natalie's danceSing classes come with a heap of health and wellbeing benefits.
Natalie's danceSing classes come with a heap of health and wellbeing benefits.

A former trained English National Ballet dancer, Scottish Ballet dancer and mum of four has expanded her danceSing fitness model across Scotland to five new locations.

Qualified fitness and pilates trainer and nutritionist, Natalie Garry, who specialises in exercise counselling and stress management, developed her fitness model of singing and dance coaching and pilates based exercise in 2016 to help people mentally, physically and socially.

The expansion plan ties in with the announcement of an initiative in November of doctors prescribing therapeutic art or hobby-based treatments across the UK by 2023, including dancing and singing lessons, for patients with everything from dementia to psychosis, lung conditions and mental health issues.

Natalie teaches predominantly women all across the central belt and plans to roll the model out further afield by securing an additional 10 new locations in 2019.

Natalie said: “I set up danceSing to try to help make a difference to people’s lives by making people stronger and fitter both physically and mentally.

“I’m delighted that I am in a position to expand the business next year further afield in Scotland and south of the border.

“It is such a perfect combination of singing, dancing, pilates and socialising and great fun but with a serious aim.

“We all need to keep fit but the majority of people don’t stick to their fitness plans.

“My goal is to keep people motivated so that they want to keep coming back which I’m delighted has been the case this year with most members signing up after the first session.”

She continued: “It’s also great that down the line GPs will be able to prescribe this type of therapeutic art to patients.

“I see first-hand the huge benefits on a day-to-day basis and it really does work when it comes to improving overall health and well-being.”

Angela McArthur, from Glasgow, who has been attending danceSing classes since 2016, said: “My GP recommended taking up singing or dancing to help my stress levels, high blood pressure and depression and it really has been my saviour.

“It keeps me fit and I have great fun at the same time.

“I would recommend the classes to anyone even if you think you can’t sing or dance, as the class leaders always get the best out of you and leave you feeling part of a great group of people and stronger both mentally and physically.”

danceSing takes place at Newton Mearns Parklands Country Club, Tuesdays at 10.30am.

For further information, visit the danceSing website