Sanctuary Care residents in Essex have been involved in a unique dance event as part of Shine! – a two year national arts programme.
JABADAO – a national touring company of dancers and acrobats – visited a number of homes including Cranvale Residential Care Home and Lyons Court Residential Care Home with an event designed to engage the residents through their love of dance.
Bringing people together
The sessions aimed to inspire residents who are living with dementia and those who think their dancing days may be over.
By bringing everyone together, the group of dancers supported residents to interact with one another via non-verbal meaningful communication techniques, such as dance and movement play.
Beautiful outfits and impressive moves
Lyons Court resident Jean Nuth, who is 86 years old, said: “The session was delightful from beginning to end. The performers were so chatty and I loved their outfits and props and the dancing was a lot of fun.”
Fellow resident, Frank Rosam, 97, continued: “I thought it was wonderful, I enjoyed the music and the dancing was great and I was so impressed with the costumes.”
Meanwhile Cranvale resident, 69-year-old Shirley Bone added: “It was fantastic the way the group interacted with us all.”
Cranvales’s activities leader Tracy Whitehead concluded: “Jabadao’s session was really engaging and you could tell by the residents’ faces they really enjoyed the friendly interaction through the movement play, it was lovely to see it.”
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.