Northamptonshire dance group begins intergenerational project

Wriggle Dance Theatre the people behind the new project

A local dance group that offers interactive shows for young children and families will be bringing its innovative performances to 12 Northamptonshire care homes.

Wriggle Dance Theatre’s latest project, funded by Northamptonshire community foundation’s Compton Fund and in partnership with Shaw healthcare and St Crispin’s Retirement Village, will see eight community volunteers, from 9 – 57 years old, visit care homes in Wellingborough, Rushden, Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Desborough, Raunds and Daventry.

The performance will incorporate elements for the residents to watch, and moments to interact with the performers, utilising creative movement, singing and props. The show will be based around the theme of our sense of touch, and how this connects us to the world around us. It’s hoped that the project will encourage creativity and social interaction for the residents living in the homes.

The eight community volunteer performers are made up of parents and their children of different ages. There are 7 dancers and a live musician.

Lucy Knight, from Wriggle Dance Theatre, said: “This project aims to brighten the day for service users of residential care homes. It will benefit both the elderly residents and community volunteers, as the groups come together to move and interact together in a shared creative experience.

“We will contribute to improving quality of life for these residents, increasing their sense of well-being by

allowing participants to explore movement as well as watch others perform. Using props as a stimulus it will improve social interaction and will be an opportunity for creativity and self-expression.”

Jane Harris, of Shaw healthcare, added: “We’re very excited to be working in partnership with Wriggle Dance Theatre to bring their exciting performances to Shaw’s care homes. Initiatives like these make them a welcoming and nurturing environment, putting residents at the heart of the care.

“Social interaction and regular activities are vital when providing community care, and I have every faith that our residents will embrace and enjoy the upcoming performances.”

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