Flamenco dancing with the over 60s

Brighton Black and Minority Ethnic group learn some new moves!

By Nicola Benge

Photo:Watching the dancer

Watching the dancer

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Flamenco!

Flamenco!

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Photo:Fandango

Fandango

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Photo:Learning the arm movements

Learning the arm movements

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Photo:Armchair flamenco

Armchair flamenco

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Flamenco feeling!

Well known flamenco dancer, Helena from Simpatico Flamenco came to Evelyn Glennie Court sheltered home, Brighton in February 2009 to entertain the Black and Minority Ethnic elders group who meet in the sheltered housing lounge once a week. She showed them various flamenco styles and regional dances from around Spain accompanied with music before teaching the assembled group of elders, some in their 90s how to do some flamenco arm movements with a bit of style!

Life stories

The dancing went down very well and Helena stayed afterwards to talk to some of the group about her experiences and her life as well as their own. she has been a dancer for 20 years and has performed in many theatres and venues around the country and in Spain.

The group itself and WRVS Heritage Plus

The BME group was set up by the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership who have kindly allowed us to run BME reminiscence sessions for ten weeks with the group at this venue. The group are facilitated by Imogen Christie and Gemma Crowther, both WRVS volunteers and they talk about childhood, courtship and journies to England. The aim of the project is to create a colouful book of these memories for everyone to share.

This page was added by Nicola Benge on 24/02/2009.

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