We, at the Burnham U3A, are lucky to have the great pleasure of seeing our Line Dancing group performing for us on rare occasions, so it is wonderful to learn that their talent is now proving to be therapeutic in various nursing homes around the district. You’ve done us proud!
Last year the Burnham U3A Line Dancing group were asked if we would go to a local Nursing Home to entertain the residents. This we did with an hour of Line dancing interspersed with a sing song to a recording of Max Bygraves (song sheets were provided for those who didn’t know the words). These events proved to be so popular and well received by residents that more bookings came flooding in.
Ivan, Ann and Sandra (our Leaders) arranged for special red Line Dancing Tee Shirts with our Logo on the back, for anyone in the group to purchase. The Twin River Coasters had arrived!
This year we have already visited Squeaks in Southminster, Mansion House in Althorne and Lodge View in Maldon. With visits to Firstlings, Heybridge and Southminster Nursing home to follow. The entertainment group varies from six to ten people, depending on availability. Its excellent fun and we all really enjoy it. Sometimes the Nursing Homes are very hot so that when dancing we sometimes end up as red as our tee shirts. The Lounge or area for us to dance in can be quite small and becomes a challenge to fit our steps in without crashing into each other. It’s a bonus when the Nursing Home staff want to join in with the dancing, as the residents think it’s very funny.
So, to sum up our visits to nursing homes, with Line Dancing song titles in red.
When we arrive at a nursing home we can be a little nervous so we feel “Down on Your Uppers” but as we sort ourselves into lines we make sure not to be the “First Fool in Line”. When we get into the swing of things and are “Rolling along” to the “Ribbon of Highway” and we “Live, Laugh Love”, until, threequarters of the way through we realise that we are” Old and Grey”. With the heat of the room we wish we were sitting under a “Lemon Tree”, but then with a soft drink and a sing-song we recover and look forward to “The Long Way Home”. The Care Manager says “will you come again?” and Ivan says yes, I will put you in my” Little Red Book”.
So, “Come Dance with Me” on Tuesdays at the Village Hall, 5pm till 7pm.
Twin River Coasters