Averl​ Hellyer​ was 76 when she first began ballet, Stuff reports. Now 80, Hellyer is part of a group of seniors learning their steps at an Auckland-based dance academy which offers classes for people over 55. Choreographer and instructor Kathleen Curwen-Walker​ started the Dance For Life Academy in 2016 in Onehunga. The syllabus was modified, “to suit the more mature body, so that included modifying the jump section and adding more stretch and balance which is important for older people”.

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