It takes two to tango at Galsworthy House

Residents at Galsworthy House in Kingston upon Thames recently found that although it does take ‘two to tango’, everyone can also join in too, when a dance troupe visited their home to entertain them with ballroom dancing.

Nancy, who runs the wheelchair dancing classes at our home brought an Argentinian theme with her when her dance troupe arrived and set the dance floor alight with their light footed moves.

Not only were our residents and guests treated to the five couples showcasing their ballroom dancing,  they were encouraged to participate and were introduced to some simple steps allowing them to dance together. For those less mobile or who just wanted to watch, they were also able to enjoy and move along to the beat of the music even whilst seated, thus making the activity inclusive for all residents who attended on the day. With the uplifting tango music, there were not many who stayed still and they joined in waving their hands, tapping their feet and clapping along.

There was a real sense of anticipation before the event and everyone was really looking forward to their arrival.

For some of our residents who were active dancers in the past, this event brought back lots of fond memories for them as dance was a very popular and social event in their lives. They enjoyed reminiscing about their experiences, what their favourite dances and style of music were, telling stories about some of the socials, gatherings and ball room dance events they had been to. In fact, many of our residents had met their spouses at these events so had some very heart warming and touching stories for us.

At Galsworthy House, we know the therapeutic and physical wellbeing benefits of dancing. It is not only a wonderful social activity for our residents which can improve mood, encourages them to express their feelings and emotions and can stimulate good mental health and creativity, but also increases strength, flexibility, improves mobility and most of all is fun and enjoyable.

Gill Irish, Manager said

“To see the joy and enjoyment our residents got from taking part in the dancing was fabulous. There was lots of laughter, the music was great and for all our residents, we created lots of happy memories and a sense of joy and fun spread throughout the home.”

Located on Kingston Hill overlooking Richmond Park, Galsworthy House provides residential and nursing care for up to 64 elderly ladies and gentlemen.

If you would like to find out more about life at Galsworthy House, please contact us on 0808 223 5506 or email reception.galsworthy@CaringHomes.org.

Galsworthy House

Home Manager

Graeme Redshaw

Address

177 Kingston Hill,
Kingston Upon Thames,
Surrey,
KT2 7LX

Contact
0808 223 5506
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