Dance school kids groove with se­niors

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

MERCY Place in Lath­lain came alive with danc­ing and singing last Mon­day when dozens of chil­dren from a lo­cal dance school en­ter­tained the se­niors.

Kiddy Groove dancers per­formed songs, dance rou­tines and jazz per­for­mances for the el­derly res­i­dents .

Mercy Health WA state man­ager Anita Ghose said in­ter-gen­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ences were fun for the old and young and helped to dis­pel neg­a­tive stereo­types of age­ing.

“In­ter­act­ing with se­niors en­ables chil­dren to de­velop pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to­ward ag­ing, a sense of pur­pose and a strong com­mu­nity fo­cus,” Ms Ghose said.

“On top of that, there is a very spe­cial bond that ex­ists be­tween chil­dren and se­niors of their grand­par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion, and that re­ally shined through dur­ing the per­for­mance.”

Char­maine Haup­tle, owner of Kiddy Groove, said the chil­dren had been re­hears­ing for weeks prior to the mini-con­cert and were ex­cited to be at Mercy Place Lath­lain.

“De­spite be­ing as young as four years old, all of the chil­dren have loved prac­tis­ing their rou­tines and it was re­ally beau­ti­ful to see them in­ter­act so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally with res­i­dents af­ter the per­for­mance was over,” she said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d452298

Kiddy Groove dancers Si­enna Ford, Cherith Greig, Mi­randa Haup­tle and Kee­ley Baum­garten with res­i­dent Paul Carey and ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine Wal­lis.

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