Dawlish Dancers meet the Dawlish Library Memory Cafe

The Dawlish Library Memory Cafe was transformed into a dance hall last Monday as The Dawlish Dancers, led by Anna Leatherdale took over.  Diane Flavin, who runs the memory cafe from the Dawlish Library, said “everyone was dancing in their chairs and at one stage one gentlemen sang and played the spoons whilst everyone danced around him.”  The Memory Cafe meets on the 3rd Monday of ever month at the Dawlish Library.

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arts wave devon Dawlish Journeys Images: Photography Diane Flavin, Dawlish Library Memory Cafe

“The Dawlish Dancers invited two elderly gentlemen along to take part in the afternoon’s activities (two former members of the Shaldon Shufflers!), and they did a fine rendition of ‘We’re a couple of swells’ – complete with bowler hats and boaters. One of the regular attendees at the Cafe is a whiz mouth harmonium player and singer so we had live accompaniment for a couple of pieces which was fantastic.” Anna Leatherdale, Lead Dance Practitioner

The Dawlish Dancers are a group of women  who meet together at the Manor House in Dawlish on a weekly basis to share dance sessions. Lessons are led by a professional dance artist from Devon Dance and provide participants with the opportunity to keep physically and mentally fit and active.  The Dawlish Dancers learn theatre-style choreography and perform in local residential homes to encourage other older people to remain active. If you would be interested in joining, classes start at 2pm each Wednesday and last for one hour. If you would like further information about the Dawlish Dancers please contact anna@devondance.co.uk

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