Ballarat's hip hop pop

HEY DUDE: Ballarat's 91-year-old hip hop dance student George Bramley breaks a few moves. Picture: Dominic O'Brien
HEY DUDE: Ballarat's 91-year-old hip hop dance student George Bramley breaks a few moves. Picture: Dominic O'Brien

AGE IS definitely no barrier for 91-year-old George Bramley.Twice a week, the Mt Clear man puts on his dancing shoes for adult hip hop and seniors dance classes at Mt Helen studio Jete! Exploring Dance."Old folks' exercises are almost all sitting down but this keeps the brain active trying to remember the grooves," Mr Bramley said.So what prompted the father of three, grandfather of four and great grandfather of five to begin hip hop classes at the humble age of 91?"I didn't know what hip hop was so I thought I would try it," Mr Bramley _ who served in the Royal Australian Airforce for 36 years _ said."There's a lot of jerking and punching but I really enjoy it."On top of this, Mr Bramley plays indoor bowls three times a week, and takes art and German classes.It was during his German classes that Mr Bramley fell in love with his teacher, 58-year-old Claudia, who he admits is "much younger than me".The couple _ who have been dating for six months _ will tie the knot in front of family and friends in Buninyong next month.In a further indication that 91 is the new 21, Mr Bramley will travel to Switzerland for a month in August to visit his son."I wanted to go for eight weeks but because of my age, the travel insurance alone would have cost me $7000," he joked.So what is Mr Bramley's secret to a long and active life?"It's just luck, I suppose," he laughed.