Hot-footed OAPS are being urged to strut their stuff on the dance floor amid recents studies

Hot-footed OAPS are being urged to strut their stuff on the dance floor - after studies showed movement classes cut falls by more than HALF.

Twinkle-toed pensioners from across the country are being given the option to take up the lessons, which organisers say could save the NHS billions.

The initiative, which is called Dance to Health and was originally created by the charity Aesop, sees men and women aged over 65 completing training once a week.

And during these sessions, led by professional dance artists, participants strengthen their physiques, which prevents them getting serious injuries by toppling over.

Fragility fractures cost the NHS an estimated £4.4bn per year, but a study conducted by Sheffield Hallam University showed there was a 57 per cent reduction in falls among participants.

And their analysis also revealed that A&E attendance among those who took classes was just 13 per cent, compared with the national average of 35 per cent.

Dance teachers say the classes improves confidence and activity rates amongst pensioners and also reduces isolation.

Annie Brabban, 69, who’s been taking part in the classes for roughly four years, said she was finally able to lift up her only grandchild following the classes.

She said: “It’s due to Dance to Health that I’ve been able to lift my little grandson and dance with him. I enjoy all of it, and all the routines that we do every week.

“I started about four years ago, to help with my hips. It made me appreciate how stiff I was.

“Some of the music is from our generation. It’s just a delight. The classes themselves are great, and everybody enjoys it.”

The scheme, which charity Aesop first piloted in around 2015, proposed an “arts-based solution” to tackle fall risks, and the associated cost to the NHS, for older citizens.

And now the classes, costing a maximum of £7 per session, are available to OAPs in gyms and sports halls up and down the country through their local NHS partnership.