During May and June 2020 we ran an online dance challenge to get seniors up and moving from the comfort of their homes.
The Step Up 4 Seniors Challenge saw Bhangra teacher Jasmine Cheema record a routine for the members to dance to, which was posted to social media.
Members then respectively practised at home and recorded themselves doing the routine once they were ready. Their videos were edited together to produce a final music video, giving the impression they were all dancing together.
Amazingly, even seniors who were in their late 80s took part.
Before lockdown, the majority of the seniors had attended Bhangra dancing for the over 50s in Slough on a weekly basis. But when the coronavirus measures kicked in they were confined to their homes and could no longer dance together.
The challenge not only promoted wellbeing and encouraged them to exercise more, but brought the members together albeit in a different way given the challenging circumstances.