YAMA, an over 60s dance performance company based in Bath, is this year’s winner of the Cosyfeet Community Award for Somerset. The £500 award will be used to help fund transport to dance events around the country.

YAMA Dance attracts a range of members in their 60s and 70s who either danced in their youth or who are learning to dance for the first time. This highly successful group was established to fill an opportunity gap for mature dancers. It recognises that dance is not just about keeping fit. It’s about vibrant social interaction and maintaining a strong sense of wellbeing.

Supported by Bath Dance and the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), the company’s Artistic Director is Anna Heighway.

‘There are many dance groups aimed at younger people, but almost none at all for the over 60s,” says Anna. “Our members are passionate about dance and we are proud to be promoting the visibility of this age group though performance.”

YAMA Dance has 35 members and meets weekly at the Bath University dance studio. New members are always welcome. For more information, email fleur@bathdance.net.