Residents at a care home in the Wirral got into the groove with a live dose of Strictly Come Dancing this month.
The Hazelwell, a new ‘all inclusive’, residential, nursing, palliative and respite care home in Heswall, invited dance duo Stephen Atkins and Samantha Hewitt from Havana Nights to put on a themed tribute performance of the popular BBC TV dance show.
The residents were missing their weekly fix of Strictly Come Dancing since the latest series finished in December so it was perfect timing for Havana Nights to come and strut their stuff at the £5.5million care home.
Stephen and Samantha treated the residents to several dances, colourful outfit changes and had them up on their feet and joining in, on what was the couple’s first visit to The Hazelwell. Photos of the Strictly judges were displayed and residents even had the opportunity to award the infamous ‘10’ scorecard.
Mr Atkins and Ms Hewitt are a real-life couple as well as being dance partners and have been together for 10 years. The duo had passion for dance from an early age but it was only when they first met that their dancing really took off and they formed a professional partnership.
The couple have since performed on stage to thousands of people and appeared on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Got To Dance and Strictly Dance Fever.
The Hazelwell Care Home Manager Liza Millington said: “The Hazelwell residents and staff alike had a wonderful time when Havana Nights came to perform for us. Several of the residents joined in with the dancing and were so excited to watch the formal dances. Lots of the residents are big Strictly Come Dancing fans and it was fantastic group activity. Dancing can promote both physical and emotional wellbeing, so the Havana Nights visit provided our residents with the opportunity to enjoy some gentle exercise and some top-notch entertainment.”