Golden Giselles

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Community Development Officer at the Shire of Harvey, Stella Johnson, has been running the Golden Giselles program with seniors Marjorie Stranger, of Harvey, Greta Cleghor, of Roelands, and Margaret Mardon, of Australind.
Camera IconCommunity Development Officer at the Shire of Harvey, Stella Johnson, has been running the Golden Giselles program with seniors Marjorie Stranger, of Harvey, Greta Cleghor, of Roelands, and Margaret Mardon, of Australind. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

A group of active seniors were spotted gracefully gliding around the function room at Leschenault Leisure Centre on Tuesday as they celebrated the end of a dance program.

More than 50 women over the age of 55 have spent the past few months participating in the “Golden Giselles” program, a seniors activation initiative put forward by the Shire of Harvey.

The classes were designed to be inclusive of all levels of dancing ability, but to some participants they meant so much more than just a way to stay fit.

Harvey resident Marjorie Stranger said she is already looking forward to next year’s classes.

“It has been absolutely fantastic and I am just thrilled that so many who have done no dancing at all can come and do this and enjoy it,” Ms Stranger said.

“I think we are all very brave, and I am sure there will be more people, including myself, joining on next year.”

Teaching the classes was shire community development officer Stella Johnson, a former Royal Academy of Dance teacher.

“I am extremely excited that the program has now run for a whole year with fifty people enrolled for the last term,” Ms Johnson said.

“With all of the positive feedback I have had I am pleased to confirm the program will return in 2020.

“I have been inspired and thrilled with the progress everyone has made and it was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to teach such a wonderful group of ladies.”

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