Of course, with masks and in the parking lot! I’m not sure who was more excited — the residents of the Center or the team members to once again enjoy each other’s company – albeit at a distance – but company nonetheless.
The smiles under those masks were very very obvious on both sides of the distancing spaces!
The team works hard — we work hard because it’s fun, we enjoy each other’s company, we love the thrill of memorizing new dances and step routines (they say it’s good for our brains too!). We work hard so that we can perform a 50 minute different routine each year in order to bring joy and company and smiles to residents of Senior housing. Pre-pandemic, and we plan post-pandemic, we perform upwards of 50 times a year at several local housing venues, not to mention the parades!
And, this year, in particular, we know how isolated our seniors have been —
For a few months in the summer, we practiced on the driveway of our teacher’s home; recently we have been able to practice in a pavilion on a lovely piece of property and even a town common.
We so look forward to doing more demos. Keep dancing in your own homes! It brings smiles, I promise you that!
No one will be surprised to learn that COVID has had our team out of practice time and space as we all sheltered at home. A few of us are now practicing in our teacher’s driveway, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you at an event in the not so distant future and dancing for you!
Here’s the teach and demo by Pat of Half Past Nothing!
For those of you not on the team, enjoy, give it a try, and next time we see you at an event, you can join us on the dance floor after our demo!
Here’s a couple of pictures from the Franklin County Spring Parade. The theme was Magic and Santa agreed to come down from the North Pole to get a little sunshine. Although I believe he brought a little of the cold air with him, as we had to wear long sleeves under our outfits to stay warm – even though we were dancing, it was a bit chilly!
We won a First Prize Ribbon as well!
This past Saturday, we danced at Elaine Manor, in Hadley, where we had a huge crowd of enthusiastic seniors! It was our first demo with our new dances this year — let’s just say we all agree we could use a bit more practice! Oh me oh my oh!
We finished our 2018 season just a week or so ago.
In December of each year, we work up a program of about 45 minutes, filled with singable and familiar (sometimes not so familiar) holiday songs. We go to as many as a dozen assisted living facilities in our area and perform the demo.
We love it, the residents love it!
Onto a new year. We take January off, but in February will be back at weekly practice working on a new demo for these same facilities as well as fairs.