This Sunday, 10 of our Old Fire Station elders performed a series of dance routines at a Sadlers Wells Elixir Festival! Amazing, huh, but how did they get there?
For the last 8 weeks our elders have been rehearsing with choreographers provided to us by Sadlers Wells. The choreographers, Bret & Fred, are from the dance troupe ‘Old Men Grooving’ – who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent no less – and they worked with our group on dance routines to four songs; ‘Hit the Road Jack’, ‘My Girl’, ‘The Locomotion’ and ‘Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot’
Finally, after 8 weeks of hard work, trying to remember steps and sequences, who should be on your right and left remembering when to do your slow Cleopatra or your hand jive - and remembering to smile as though you do this sort of thing every day, our ladies stepped out onto a dimmed stage with Bret and Fred. The lights came up, the distinctive beat and the first notes of 'Hit the Road Jack' thrummed up across the auditorium and 10 arms and hands pointed at Fred telling him to ‘hit the road’.
The audience started to cheer and from then onwards it was a party on stage with the audience clapping and singing along. By the end of the evening proud sons, daughters and grandchildren who had come to watch
had seen their older relatives in a new light - as dancing divas. We are looking forwards to getting the official video and holding a special screening to celebrate.
A huge thank you goes out to Sadlers Wells Theatre who provided the choreographers – and of course to Bret & Fred who worked incredibly well with the group. Hopefully they will be back again!
In the meantime you can stay active and dance with our Mixed Gentle Exercise to music every Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am.