Students lead dance workshops for retirement village residents

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Year 9 students studying for their Arts Award course at the Hazeley Academy led a workshop for residents from the retirement villages at Lovat Fields and Shenley Wood.

As part of the course students are required to teach and pass on their dance skills to others. Instead of going and teaching other students of a similar age they decided to invite the 12 residents to the school.

They already have a relationship with the local retirement villages; students regularly go and help with ICT support and help the residents improve their knowledge on computers.

During the workshop the Hazeley dance students taught Zumba and Indian dance. They were then fortunate enough to be taught some ballroom which is a new experience for the students.

Louisa Berry, dance teacher at Hazeley Academy, said: “It was such a wonderful morning. Seeing different generations enjoying the same activity together was a joy to watch. Our students learnt so much from the residents.”

The academy has now discussed making these projects more regular and hope to perform together at the MK dons/extra care intergenerational event in September. At the end of the workshop they asked the residents to write down some comments about the morning for the students’ coursework folders. Here are a few;

“I learnt some new dances by the young people. I’m 62 and have never learnt to dance. It was lovely to see the pupils enjoying themselves. They were very good and learnt very quickly.”

“Difficult for adults to be thrown in with young people. They coped greatly and we all felt at home.”

“Excellent session- well put together, clear and concise. A very enjoyable morning- lets have more.”