The scientists gave cherry extract to rats who were bred to be obese and prone to circulatory disease.
Indeed, Ilona has shot through her bronze and silver IDTA exams (classical ballet exams for adults) and will soon be taking gold.
The health benefits of dance, especially ballet, are well- documented, but it’s only now that there is a plethora of classes that older ladies are waking up to the idea and slipping into Lycra and performing en pointe (on tiptoes).
Dr Anne Hogan, director of education for the Royal Academy of Dance, says: ‘People aged 50 upwards are looking for a type of exercise that suits their body.
The Royal Academy of Dance has launched Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing, tailoring ballet classes to older adults who would never normally get the opportunity to dance.
Two years ago, when it launched, it was inundated, and they’ve since rolled out classes around the country.
She attends three classes a week and four monthly masterclasses at Birmingham Royal Ballet studios and Elmhurst School for Dance.