A touch of Latin American carnival arrives at Inverclyde Royal Hospital today (Thursday, August 27) when staff begin keep-fit classes to the rhythm of the Samba.
The weekly half hour classes are the brainchild of Dominika Bugajska-Brown, Community Nutritionist at the hospital’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a keen dancer herself.
The 10-week dance programme is led by Brazilian-born dancer Thaissa (aka Eletricat) who has been performing and teaching dance around the world since 1997, and who also happens to be Dominika’s dance tutor.
Dominika said: “Dance is my passion, going back to my university years. I’ve always liked Latin music, and also enjoy tango and salsa.”
The work-out sessions, “Brazilian Buzz – Dance Work-Out for Health”, are being financed thanks to a successful application to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) and Glasgow City Council’s Staff Health Action Plan Small Grant Fund.
It won’t be the traditional Samba, but a mix of Brazilian dance movements, fitness exercises and stretches to the sound of exotic Brazilian and world music.
The classes will contribute to the Healthy Working Lives programme which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s population.
The programme has been rolled out across all the main areas including the acute, mental health and additions services as well as all the Community Health Partnerships (CHPs).
Dominika added: “Brazilian dance makes for a very vigorous work-out, so it’s not only good for activity levels but also a great introduction to dance as a pleasurable form of physical activity.
“Staff who sign-up will not only get fit but could also find their mental well-being improves.
“Personally I find dancing very up-lifting.”
Thaissa, who is also a regular performer at Glasgow’s West End and Glastonbury Festivals, said: “I think this is a really fun way of keeping fit.
“Brazilian music is very energetic and all about having fun. I hope that the Samba music will excite the staff, it is more than dance, there is a lot of movement and is not only good exercise for thighs and legs but also relaxing as well”
Notes to editors:
The Staff Health Action Plan Small Grant Fund aims to support departments within NHSGGC and Glasgow City Council to improve and promote staff health by specifically targeting them with healthy initiatives on a local level.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.