Member Highlight: Swing Dancing at EdenHill
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
At EdenHill Communities we provide our residents with a variety of activities in which they can participate, whether it’s competitions, Friday game days, or day trips to surrounding areas. We want to keep our residents engaged and motivated.
Wellness Director, Jenna Gullick, organized a dancing series for the residents in hopes to keep them physically active. “I wanted the residents to have an opportunity to participate in a physically active event, that isn’t the everyday workout class. Dancing has the potential to reach out to a new audience and create interest.” The goal is to keep our residents moving.
Professional dance instructors Rob and Diane Van Haaren conducted a 6-weeks Swing dance series with EdenHill’s Pinnacle residents. Hoping to bring back memories from the past, they reviewed the Lindy Hop, Charleston and the East Coast Swing. The residents exceeded the dance instructor’s expectations; they picked up the basic steps quickly and were able to advance to learning different spins and turns. They proved that you can learn and dance at any age.
90 year old Pinnacle resident, Esther Varga, expressed her reason for participating in the series, “I have always loved to dance; the Waltz, Foxtrot, Polka, and Charleston. But I have never been able to Swing dance correctly. So this dance series was my opportunity to do just that.”
The residents enjoyed the series and the teachings from Rob and Diane. Varga commented on her experience, “Our instructors did a fine job teaching the various dance steps in small increments to make sure they are solidly placed in our memory banks. It was interesting watching the participants learn – for some it was easy and for others, not so much. The dance series was fun and I’m ready for more!”
Dancing is a great opportunity to get people moving at any age. Not only is it physically and mentally demanding, but it’s a social event as well. The series was a success and we hope to have Rob and Diane back to teach other styles of dance, such as the Polka, Waltz, and the Country Western Two-Step.
Source: Ann Whitis, EdenHill Communities