Ex-Strictly pro Robin invites our residents to dance

Professional dancer Robin Windsor with his Colten Care students on Zoom

It’s not every day you enjoy your very own dance session with a professional from TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

That’s why it was so special for our residents to go online and meet Robin Windsor, who starred on the show from 2010 to 2015.

They are among the first in the UK to practise moves and receive personal tips under Robin’s new ‘A Step Back in Time’ dance initiative for older people delivered via Zoom.

Homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex all logged on for the live and exclusive session with our residents using Zoom chat to interact with Robin and ask questions.

As well as a focus on jive, the fun included upper body movements for chair-based participants and the chance to sing along with Robin’s fellow presenter, West End performer Rebecca Lisewski.

“It was absolutely great,” said John Parfit, who joined in from the residents’ lounge at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury. “Robin and Rebecca got the whole Colten group swinging.”

There was similar praise at The Aldbury in Poole, with resident Marion Humphreys saying: “I loved it. The interaction was really good.”

John Parfit, a resident at Braemar Lodge, takes part in the Zoom session

After opening the session with a talk about his time on Strictly, Robin went on to demonstrate and teach a variety of moves that got residents stepping and tapping along. Amid smiles and laughter all round, he singled out two residents for special mentions. He said Rita Clay, who lives at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, was “good enough to be in next year’s Strictly” and he gave Ruth Horrocks, from Whitecliffe House in Blandford, the top score of ‘Ten’ for her dancing.

Robin said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the lovely residents from Colten Care who took part. We had so much fun and they definitely showed off some great moves. I’ve created ‘A Step Back In Time’ especially for care home residents. I want it to be a chance for older people to express and enjoy themselves through song and dance. It’s all about helping to improve your mood and supporting your physical and mental wellbeing.”

Rita Clay, a resident at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, was told by Robin that she was “good enough to be on next year’s Strictly”

Robin’s celebrity partners during his time on Strictly were radio presenter Sara Cox, actors Lisa Riley, Anita Dobson and Patsy Kensit, and business personality Deborah Meaden from TV’s Dragons’ Den.

Asked by a Colten resident what his most embarrassing Strictly moment was, Robin recalled finishing a dance with Lisa Riley, adding: “We were going up the stairs to speak with presenter Tess Daly but I missed a step, fell and landed right in the lap of a lady audience member. She was fine about it!”

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