Heather Devonish

Heather Devonish doesn’t just want to dance her way into her fifties, she wants to do it in public with as many other people as possible.

She has chosen the song, booked the lessons and is now looking for others to join her to put a smile on the face of commuters on a Monday morning in October.

Heather decided as her 50th birthday loomed that she didn’t want it to be like any other and hit upon the idea of learning a dance to Michael Buble’s global hit, Feeling Good.

She turned to dance teacher Anne George to help her with the moves and then decided she would love it if others would join her and so produced posters inviting all comers to join her on the harbour side opposite Vaughan Parade, Torquay.

She is hoping that on Monday, October 15th at 8.45 – come rain or shine – like-minded dancers will join her to strut their stuff to the song whose chorus includes the words: ‘It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.’

Heather, was living in Reading and was a teacher before coming to Torquay 17 years ago. She is now a therapist and as part of her portfolio also teaches mindfulness to children.

She regularly participates in the Torbay Timebank helping out elderly neighbours with their prescriptions and doctor and hospital visits and has her garden done in exchange.

Keeping fit is at the core of everything she does. As well as dancing , she swims and walks dogs: “You need to look after yourself as you get older, your body won’t look after itself,” she said.

“I decided that with my turning 50 I wanted to do new things. I have danced with Anne George before at the flash mobs, and I have signed up for adult ballet but really wanted to challenge myself,

“Let’s face it the world is waking up before 9 o’clock, and everyone is a bit miserable on a Monday morning, so I want to put a smile on people’s faces,” said Heather who lives in Ellacombe with her Pet Therapy Dog, Jesse.

Heather is also really looking forward to doing more with Ageing Well Torbay, a Big Lottery funded project to reduce isolation and loneliness in the over 50’s, and is already in close contact with Ellacombe and Plainmoor community builder, Usha Garrattley who said of Heather: “She has been a delight to work with and has always been an enthusiastic supporter of Ageing Well.

“I am now excited about her participating in the huge number of Ageing Well activities here in the Bay. Please come along and join us on October 15th”

“It should be a lot of fun. Seize the day. I really appreciated the work that Ageing Well is already doing across the Bay. It is a fantastic project, and the whole team is very supportive of everyone who is 50 and above. Count me in,” said Heather.