Care homes move to an interactive beat

The interactive dance performance visited nursing homes in Killarney and other parts of Kerry

Young people staging an interactive dance performance for residents in care settings were a huge hit when they visited nursing homes in Killarney and other parts of Kerry last weekend.

Yard Duets is a project funded by Creative Ireland and the Arts Council, and Kerry County Council’s dancer in residence, Catherine Young was delighted to be able to bring the show to care facilities in the county.

Each performance came with real energy and style and it was a colourful affair of joyful dances and characterful routines set to a medley of classic music.

“It’s really important that everyone has an opportunity to experience live performance by dance artists. This show brings great joy and fun with it,” said Catherine Young.

Kate Kennelly: Kerry Arts Officer

Yard Duets visited the Our Lady of Lourdes facility in Kilcummin and Coill na Darach in Killarney as well as Our Lady of Fatima, Tralee; Castleisland Day Care,Ard Chúram, Listowel; Aperee Living, Tralee;Kenmare Nursing Home and Taobh Linn in Kenmare; Áras Mhuire, Listowel and Aperee Ocean View, Camp.

“Staff and residents at Our Lady of Lourdes care facility in Kilcummin really enjoyed the dance last Wednesday,” said Anna Marie Daly of the Well-Being Team.

Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer with Kerry County Council, remarked: “We were delighted to have Yard Duets with us under the dancer-in-residence programme. This was a great opportunity for older people to access free dance performance in a relaxed and fun-filled way”.

Kerry County Council has a number of artists’ residencies covering art forms such as dance, writing and film funded by the local authority and the Arts Council and supported by Creative Ireland Kerry.

To find out more about events and opportunities with the residencies contact the Arts Office at [email protected] or visit Everyone reads it – ask anyone. Call 087-2229761 to advertise