Getting physical with Men in Sheds

This month, we challenged Hull’s Men in Sheds group to try something completely new, all in the spirit of being active during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture by getting involved in our Make It Happen campaign.

Men in Sheds is a nationwide scheme to support older men who want to get together, pick up skills and try something new in surroundings that feel comfortable and familiar. From woodwork and gardening to photography, cooking and music – there’s plenty to get involved with and the kettle is always on for a good brew and a natter.

Hull’s Men in Sheds group meet regularly at The Pavilion on Oak Road Playing Fields and they’re a friendly bunch, but you can imagine their shock when we dragged them to a local community centre to get their groove on in a dance fitness class with local teacher Tracy Hammond.

So how did it go? Let’s take a look.


If we’ve got you itching to dance, have a nosy at some of these local dance classes. Whether you’re male or female, in your 20s or closer to 70, there’s something for everyone.


£4 per class, first class is £2. Every Tuesday from 10am to 10.45am at Rhythm and Dreams Dancing Centre for Zumba Gold. Every Tuesday & Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.15pm at Church of the Ascension on Priory Road for Zumba. 

Fancy learning from our Men in Sheds teacher? Tracy Hammond runs regular Zumba classes, fusing music and dance moves from around the world to get the heart pumping. If you’re in need of a low intensity workout, try one of Tracy’s Zumba Gold classes for mature movers.

Alternative classes are available.


£4 per class. Every Monday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Hull Marist Church.

Get yourself down to Kingston Swing’s weekly class for an evening of classic Lindy Hop and Charleston dance moves. If you’re up for a laugh and interested in meeting new people whilst keeping fit, this one’s for you. Beginners of all ages are welcome and there’s no need to book.

Why not get involved with Hullzapoppin, a city-wide celebration of World Lindy Hop Day? Hosted by Kingston Swing, there’ll be international guests, big-band dance classes for all levels of experience and free drop-in sessions for beginners.


£2.50 per class, first class is free. Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Darby & Joan Hall.

Get to grips with some English folk dance in this fun and friendly class. You’ll walk through simple and traditional folk moves before a routine is set to music and you’ll even get your first class free. Whether you’re in need for some gentle exercise or searching for a new hobby, you’re in for a treat.


£5 per class. Every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm at Dance Dynamic Studio.

Work up a sweat whilst dancing to your favourite Northern Soul and Motown tunes in this weekly class. Beginners are always welcome, so come alone or bring your friends for a top-quality evening of dance.


£5 per class. Every Monday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Haworth Arms and every Tuesday from 8.15pm to 9pm at Marist Social Club.

Ever wanted to give salsa a go? The beginners class at Club Salsa is the perfect place to start. You’ll learn how to find your rhythm, master some basic footwork and discover how to dance with a partner. If this sounds like your cup of tea, there’s no need to book or bring your own partner – just drop into the friendly group and prepare to have a ball.

Alternative classes are available.

Discover how you can get active in 2017 with our Make It Happen campaign.