Residents at Knebworth welcomed children from a local dance school for a specially prepared performance.
The team at Knebworth invited students from the North Star Academy for music, dance and festive carols to help build intergenerational friendships between children and residents.
Residents were treated to a specially prepared dance show, including everything from Russian ballet to jazz, as well as musical theatre. Children as young as five years of age took to the floor to perform solos, duets and group routines, while residents tapped their feet along to the familiar tunes.
Vera Moreira-Henocq, home manager, at Knebworth said: “It was a pleasure to be joined by the students of North Star Academy, and the residents thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children and watching the lively dance performances, rounded up with a good old traditional carol sing-along.
“Music and dance can have a variety of benefits for older people, especially those living with dementia. It can reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, while also bringing people together in a fun environment. In addition, intergenerational relationships have also proven to be enriching for both parties. As we look toward the new year, we’re looking forward to developing a stronger relationship with the academy and welcoming them back again soon!
“On behalf of the team and residents here at Knebworth, I would like to say a huge thank you to the North Star Academy for their outstanding performances and for putting a great big smile on residents’ faces.”