Forget pilates or yoga, Downham women are turning to ballet to improve their flexibility and fitness.
Russian ballerina Marina Bostock is teaching dance moves to classical music to help women, aged between 18 and 65, with their posture and muscle definition.
And the weekly classes, in Downham Leisure Centre on Saturday from 10am, are paying great dividends.
Sally Kerr could barely move her arm and leg in 2012 after having a full hip replacement and contracted temporary paralysis in her left arm.
She said: “I was determined to keep my new hip in good shape and retrieve full mobility in my arm.
“I am proudly able to say that I can left my leg onto the ballet bar. I can also lift both arms above my head in a traditional ballet pose.”
Marina, who trained at the ballet academy in Moscow and has 30 years of experience, teaches floor, bar and stretch exercises to help build up specific muscle groups.
She said: “Ballet exercises can be done by women of any shape and is an ideal way to get fit without placing too much strain on your body.”
Classes cost £7.