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Residents of Care UK's Whitefarm Lodge home, Twickenham, have taken up dancing lessons with help from an unlikely group of teachers. Rather than the stars of the ballroom, residents have been joined by stars from the London Broncos Rugby League Club's first team.
Luke Ambler, Jamie O'Callaghan, Lamont Bryan and Andy Ellis accompanied London Broncos Rugby League Foundation dance officer Amy Howard to the weekly dance class she teaches at the home.
Amy says: "The residents have been taught a number of seated chair dance exercises over 10 weeks and they have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. So much so, in fact, that they have asked to carry on."
Home administrator Carol Bursill says: "Residents have had a great deal of fun bopping along to the music and staff say the sessions have brought a new level of energy to the groups. This is great as physical benefits bring mental benefits - we all know how we feel more alert after a bit of exercise and dancing is no different. The residents loved having the rugby players joining in for a session. As well as having a good laugh with them, I think some were looking to give the youngsters a good run for their money."
Amy adds: "I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the dance sessions. The residents and I have enjoyed a variety of dance styles and music over the weeks, including ballet, salsa and tango. They particularly enjoyed the African war dance that I taught! They enjoyed it so much that some even practised outside of classes. This showed when the first team players joined in our session. The residents showed the players our dance exercises and then the players joined in and learned one of our dance routines. Everyone had a great time."