Anything Strictly dancers can do, Colten Care residents can too!


Anything Strictly dancers can do, Colten Care residents can too!

Dancers wow care home resident Joan with ballroom and Latin show - and the opportunity to dance again

Ed note: who else enjoyed the final of Strictly Come Dancing, enthusiasm and made a pre-New Year Resolution to learn to dance in 2022? Well there's good news, it's never too late to take to the dance floor!

Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper Ballroom Dancing

Dancers wow Dorset care home resident Joan with ballroom and Latin show

A dazzling afternoon of ballroom and Latin dance performances has brought back happy memories for a former dancer living one of Colten Care's homes.

Joan Whelan who lives at Brook View was even inspired to revisit a few moves herself under careful guidance from staff.

The show by Bournemouth dance duo Just the Two of Us - otherwise known as Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper - was organised specially for Joan after she expressed a heartfelt wish to see a live performance and possibly dance again.

Tanya and Graham describe themselves as ‘social dancers’ and have been performing seriously for around three years, giving them the confidence to dance in front of care home residents. 

At Brook View, they split the afternoon into two sessions.   

Joan_Whelan_second_from_right_dances_with_left-to-right_Sarah_Moule_the_homes_Companionship_Team_leader_and_Tanya_Hutton_and_Graham_Cooper.JPGThe first focused on ballroom and featured demonstrations of waltz, quickstep, foxtrot and tango while the second was devoted to the Latin rhythms of rhumba, chachacha and jive.

Their soundtrack, played over a smart speaker, featured well known tunes such as Nat King Cole’s Let There Be Love and Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

Asked what she thought of Tanya and Graham’s dancing, Joan said: “It was absolutely spot on. I give it a definite thumbs-up.”

Joan, whose favourite dance is the foxtrot, had dance lessons when she was growing up in Birmingham and went on to perform in a troupe that went on national tours, taking in hotels, village halls and seaside resort venues.

After retirement and a move to Dorset, Joan continued to perform at events such as community tea dances. 

After their show and taking time to help Joan revisit some dance moves herself, Tanya and Graham said the visit had been hugely enjoyable.

Dance is for everybody, no matter your age!

Tanya said: “It just goes to prove that dance really is for everybody, no matter your age. Dance is a great way to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing as you get older while having fun at the same time. It can be both invigorating and therapeutic.”

Graham agreed, adding: “You’re never too old to try out a move or two. We loved meeting Joan and the other residents and hopefully brought back some happy memories for them.”

Sarah Moule, Brook View’s Companionship Team leader, said: “Joan used to perform on stage in lots of different shows and had expressed a wish to dance again. We were only too pleased to make it happen for her.”

Image captions from top:

BALLROOM. Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper, otherwise known as Bournemouth dance duo Just the Two of Us, entertain residents at Colten Care’s Brook View care home in West Moors.

KEEP DANCING. Brook View resident Joan Whelan, second from right, dances with, left-to-right, Sarah Moule, the home’s Companionship Team leader, and Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper, otherwise known as Bournemouth dance duo Just the Two of Us.  

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst





Your message here