Stretching and bopping – it’s all on

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There was plenty of enthusiasm at the first hip hop session.

They stepped and stretched and bopped along to the beat at the first introductory session of hip hop.

More than 30 men and women aged 65 and over turned up to the Balmoral Hall to try the activity to the delight of organisers from Ashburton’s Age Concern.

With help from instructor Jessie Thomson, the participants, including one in a wheel chair, moved with the music doing what they could according to their physical ability. There were many laughs and lots of concentration.

Jeanette Tarbotton, chair of Age Concern, was astonished with the number who turned up. A second session was held this week.

The idea for a hip hop group came after Billie Jordan, the founder of the Hip Operation Dance Crew from Waiheke Island spoke in Ashburton in March. A group from Age Concern then travelled to Wellington to see some of the group perform at Te Papa, and to meet Billie.

There was no charge for the sessions.

A decision will be made in the New Year whether to form a hip hop group, Mrs Tarbotton said.