International day of dance

23 May 2024

International day of dance

The Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) established April 29 as International Dance Day in 1982 to celebrate the incredible diversity and talent of dancers worldwide. This date was chosen to honor the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the pioneer of modern ballet.

Dancing and music offer numerous physical and psychological benefits. Research indicates that dance can help alleviate some of the negative effects of dementia, including memory issues and low mood.

We were fortunate to have the talented Miss Sarah-Jane, a 1940s vocalist, visit Toray Pines to help us celebrate International Dance Day. Sarah-Jane, known for her enchanting 1940s voice, crafted an interactive routine with adaptable dance moves for various mobility levels, including the hand jive and the chair Charleston.

The residents thoroughly enjoyed the event. They were given long pearl necklaces to swing to the music as they sang and danced along. “That was utterly fabulous,” said one resident, Rita, who cherished wearing pearl necklaces back in the day. “I shall wear these all the time,” she beamed, her smile radiant as she performed the hand jive. “Oh, I love the Hokey Pokey,” added Mary, who followed the instructions and was wheeled in and out of the cheering circle by lifestyle coordinator Donna. “I don’t know how, but I know the moves,” our new resident Jo smiled as she did the Macarena. The entire team joined in, dancing the morning away and making it a fantastic time for everyone.

Miss Sarah-Jane, the 1940s vocalist, will return to Toray Pines in June to help us celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, and we can’t wait to hear her again!


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