Wheelchair dancing launches in Havering

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 November 2015

Sharon Edwards and Adam Edwards have set up a wheelchair dance group up for disabled people at the YMCA in Rush Green Road

Sharon Edwards and Adam Edwards have set up a wheelchair dance group up for disabled people at the YMCA in Rush Green Road


Dancing is something anyone can do, regardless of their physical abilities.

This is the credo of the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (WDSA), which launched a new dance group at the YMCA Thames Gateway, Rush Green Road, Romford on Tuesday and is inviting anyone to come and try.

“It’s a lot of fun – I have never seen anyone going away unhappy but people always go with a smile on their face,” said Sharon Edwards, who will teach the new group.

“This also helps people’s mobility and you can see the difference in people’s movement and attitude when they do it regularly.”

Sharon and her son Adam, who help dancers with their first steps, have both competed at national level in Latin and ballroom dancing and are eager to share the steps for a waltz, a quickstep or a cha-cha with those who could be excluded from the pastime.

The group welcomes all ages and anyone with learning or physical disabilities.

For those who like a bit more speed, Sharon recommends dancing using an electric wheelchair.

Different types of line dancing, Latin and ballroom can be performed in a wheelchair, in pairs or in groups of people in a circle.

The WDSA has codified steps which follow the able-bodied dance steps. Sharon said the hold of arms and shoulders is “as important as in any dancing”.

All dances are performed depending on ability and routines can be done as a duo, two wheelchairs side by side, as a combi, with someone dancing next to the person in the wheelchair, or with a pusher behind the wheelchair.

“For parents and carers, this is also a great way to learn the basic steps of Latin and ballroom,” added Sharon.

The wheelchair dance group meets on Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. A session costs £5 but parents and carers are free. Contact or on 07866 355058.

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