Hip-hop crew dances for residents

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Ages Alive Ashvegas members, under the guidance of choreographer Jessie Thomson, show age is no barrier to having fun, and keeping the body moving is good for the soul.

Ages Alive Ashvegas hip-hop crew have started a new initiative visiting retirement villages and care facilities around the district and hosting workshop type classes in front of the residents.

It’s social, energetic fun.

They started their first session visiting Rosebank Village and Retirement residents last week.

And plan to visit one retirement facility a month with bookings for the next three months already in place.

The hip-hop group, which has around a dozen female members, is led by choreographer Jessie Thomson.

They have been together for at least three years meeting every week at Balmoral Hall in Ashburton for hip-hop sessions.

They also perform at various events and occasions when asked.

However this year they have decided to show people, many their age and older, that age is no barrier to having fun, and keeping the body moving is good for the soul.

Most of their movements can be done by anyone, of any age, and upper body movements can be done sitting down, if needed.

The group started off with a warm-up stretch session and then got into their hip-hop routine showing each move in stages, before adding music for a complete body workout – with rhythm.