Residents and staff at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court, in Braintree, Essex, were in for a toe-tapping treat when a group of talented dance students came to perform at their care home.
The students, who are all studying Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Dance at Colchester Institute, recently visited the residents as part of their summer tour of volunteer performances in residential care homes.
Residents cheered on the group as they were entertained with different genres of dance including tap, hip-hop and contemporary dance. After the show, the students took the opportunity to chat with the audience and share stories.
Resident Ron Thompson reminisced about his dance experiences going ballroom dancing with his wife. Speaking after the students’ performance, he said:
It brought back magical memories, and now my granddaughter dances too!
Resident Patricia May said:
It was so lovely to see a variety of entertainment and it brought me back to when I used to dance.
Activities Coordinator Sophie George, who helped to organise the event, said:
Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the dance performance and are grateful to the students of Colchester Institute for volunteering their time. Intergenerational activities can be hugely beneficial for both groups to build social connections in the community and increase understanding and respect between different generations.
[Summary: Students studying Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Dance at Colchester Institute, visited Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court, in Braintree, Essex, and gave a toe-tapping performance.]