Barbara  Wraith, ballet instructor for the Silver Swans in Wisbech, talks about the group's celebration of older people which takes place on October 1. 

She says: "Way back in 1990, the UN General Assembly declared October 1 to be international older persons day.

Since then, the day has been celebrated throughout the world, not only as a mark of respect for the wisdom old age brings, but also as an opportunity to acknowledge that we are all ageing and that come 2030 one in six of us will be over the age of sixty.

Here, we can celebrate older persons day by spending time with grandparents and elderly neighbours, whilst gyms, dance schools and leisure centres can encourage older people to get active by holding open days and events.

The Wisbech group will be taking part in the first-ever Silver Swans Celebration Day.

Wisbech Standard: The classes are modified for an older age group.The classes are modified for an older age group. (Image: Michael Dawson)

The event will take place at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London, and will also be enjoyed online by groups from around the world.

The day will be truly international, with representations from the US to Australia and countries inbetween, not to mention regions of the UK.

This will be a really great event. Ballet and dance offers a fantastic opportunity to stay fit and healthy in body and mind. Silver Swans in particular encourages older learners and returners to experience the joys of classical ballet. It's completely inspiring and addictive!"

Silver Swans ballet is modified for the older age range.





We love the challenge of being as technically correct as we can. Ballet definitely improves memory and helps with balance, posture and co-ordination.

Fingers crossed, our short video will be shown to groups around the globe.

If not, just putting it together has been a great motivator and very enjoyable."

For more information about local classes, contact Barbara Wraith on: 07810 117972 or email:

Silver Swans classes are designed by the RAD and are targeted at older learners and returners to ballet. Groups are fully inclusive and classes are proven to help improve mobility, strength, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Designated Silver Swans classes are taught by qualified ballet teachers holding a Silver Swans Licence.