Mercy Place hosts Kiddy Groove dancers

Mercy Place hosts Kiddy Groove dancers

MERCY Place in Lathlain came alive with dancing and singing last Monday when dozens of kids from a local dance school entertained the seniors.

Kiddy Groove dancers performed for the elderly residents with songs, dance routines and jazz performances.

Mercy Health WA state manager Anita Ghose said intergenerational experiences were fun for the old and young and helped to dispel negative stereotypes of ageing.

“Interacting with seniors enables children to develop positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and a strong community focus,” Ms Ghose said.

“On top of that, there is a very special bond that exists between children and seniors of their grandparent’s generation, and that really shined through during the performance.”

Owner of Kiddy Groove Charmaine Hauptle said the children had been rehearsing for weeks prior to the mini-concert and were excited to be at Mercy Place Lathlain.

“Despite only being as young as four years old, all of the children have loved practising their routines, and it was really beautiful to see them interact so enthusiastically with residents after the performance was over,” she said.