Ballroom dancers provide memorable experience for retirement community residents

Performance offers chance to reminisce

Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club members are seen here performing at Residence on the St. Clair in a photo taken April 1.

A dancing team that recently performed at Residence on the St. Clair provided the Sarnia retirement community’s residents with entertainment and a chance to reminisce, says Natalie Cataford.

Cataford, the home’s social and recreation director, says seeing the 12 members of the Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club perform on April 1 brought back many fond memories for the 25 or so residents attending.

“Some of the residents said the dancing brought back memories for them,” Cataford says. “One resident said how she and her husband enjoyed dancing and that they met at a dance. She even got a little emotional. … That’s what I was hoping for – a little reminiscing.”

The male dancers dressed in white shirts and bowties, while the ladies wore black skirts and high-heeled shoes. They performed various dance styles, including rumba, waltzes, the cha-cha, the tango and line dancing.

“It was such a unique performance,” Cataford says. “The dancers were graceful and enjoyed themselves, smiling at the audience and at their partners, and all together it was something for the residents to sit back and enjoy.”

Cataford, who organized the event, acted on a suggestion from a resident who enjoyed ballroom dancing and wanted to see live dancing in the home. She contacted the club and was told the dancers would perform for free for the residents.

“It was so nice of them to take an hour out of their day to come perform for us,” Cataford says.

Given the performance’s success, Cataford says she would like to book more dancing groups in the future.

This story was provided to the Steeves & Rozema Group by Axiom News and originally appeared on the S&R Today website. Republished with permission.

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