Duo helps Joan relive her dancing days

Brook View resident Joan Whelan, second from right, dances with, l-r, Sarah Moule, Companionship Team leader, and Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper.
Brook View resident Joan Whelan, second from right, dances with, l-r, Sarah Moule, Companionship Team leader, and Tanya Hutton and Graham Cooper.

A dazzling afternoon of ballroom and Latin brought back happy memories for a former dancer living at Brook View.

Joan Whelan 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.

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 and went on to tour nationally in a troupe taking in hotels, village halls and seaside venues.  After retirement and a move to Ferndown, Joan continued to perform at events such as community tea dances.

Tanya and Graham said it had been hugely enjoyable to meet Joan and dance with her.

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.”

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