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Highland dance teacher organises free online session to combat lockdown blues

By Caroline McMorran

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A HIGHLAND dance teacher is holding a free online adult dance session on Monday (February 22) in a bid to boost people’s mental health and wellbeing during lockdown.

The Enhance your Energy class run by Natalie Sutherland of Helmsdale will combine physical movement to music with words of motivation, affirmations and visualisation.

Natalie Sutherland.
Natalie Sutherland.

Natalie (27), founder of Sutherland Dance and Wellness, decided to act after reading a report from mental health charity Mind entitled the Mental Health Emergency: How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health?

She said: “I have seen the effects that lockdown has had on the mental health of those around me and I also know what it’s like to suffer from a mental illness. It was dance that helped me on my journey to recovery.”

She started dancing at the age of three and has a BA in Musical Theatre from the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts. She has featured in dance performances at Buckingham Palace and has taught dance for more than 11 years.

She also has a degree in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Strathclyde and enjoys her day job as community development and fund manager with Tain and District Development Trust.

No dance experience is needed to take part in the Zoom class. For more information visit Sutherland Dance and Wellness on Facebook.

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