Strictly come dancing for New Forest Colten Care home residents

Come dancing - not too strictly! 

New Forest Colten Care home residents and staff first to get dance moves and tips from Strictly Come Dancing pro  

ladies dancingColten Care residents have enjoyed their very own dance session with former Strictly Come Dancing pro Robin Windsor, who invited them all to "come dancing"!

Brand new "step back in time" dance initiative for older people

They were among the first in the UK to practise moves and receive personal tips under the star’s new ‘A Step Back in Time’ dance initiative for older people delivered via Zoom.

Colten homes in the New Forest and across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex all logged on for the live and exclusive session with residents using Zoom chat to interact with Robin and ask questions.

As well as a focus on jive, the fun included upper body movements for chair-based participants and the chance to sing along with Robin’s fellow presenter, West End performer Rebecca Lisewski.

“It was absolutely great,” said John Parfit, who joined in from the residents’ lounge at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury. “Robin and Rebecca got the whole Colten group swinging.”

There was similar praise at The Aldbury, Colten’s dedicated dementia care home in Poole, with resident Marion Humphreys saying: “I loved it. The interaction was really good.”

Live dancing class - on Zoom!

Dancing on ZoomAfter opening the session with a talk about his time on Strictly, Robin went on to demonstrate and teach a variety of moves that got residents stepping and tapping along.

Amid smiles and laughter all round, he singled out two residents for special mentions. He said Rita Clay, who lives at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, was “good enough to be in next year’s Strictly” and he gave Ruth Horrocks, from Whitecliffe House in Blandford, the top score of ‘Ten’ for her dancing.

Exercise, fun, mood enhancing, what's not to like! 

Robin said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the lovely residents from Colten Care who took part. We had so much fun and they definitely showed off some great moves. I’ve created ‘A Step Back In Time’ especially for care home residents.

I want it to be a chance for older people to express and enjoy themselves through song and dance. It’s all about helping to improve your mood and supporting your physical and mental wellbeing.”

Robin Windsor, Strictly professional star

Dance star Robin WindsorRobin was a dancer on Strictly between 2010 and 2015. His celebrity partners included radio presenter Sara Cox, actors Lisa Riley, Anita Dobson and Patsy Kensit, and business personality Deborah Meaden from TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Asked by a Colten resident what his most embarrassing Strictly moment was, Robin recalled finishing a dance with Lisa Riley, adding: “We were going up the stairs to speak with presenter Tess Daly but I missed a step, fell and landed right in the lap of a lady audience member. She was fine about it!”

Pictured are residents of Colten Care homes dancing, the Zoom class, and Professional dancer Robin Windsor with his Colten Care students on Zoom.


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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. 

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Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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