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