Reflections on bringing dance presentations to senior residents in an assisted living community

I want to thank you for not only thinking of us, but also for the memorable event.  I cannot tell you the last time we had a ballet performed here at the AbbeWood.  [We once] posted on the activity calendar for the residents to come see the Nutcracker.  No one signed up.  They wanted to go but were more worried leaving the community for one reason or another.  We have over 120 residents currently residing at the AbbeWood and we had more than half of them attend the performance [you gave].  We have never had that many attend a single event that we have had here. I walked around and saw the professionalism and dedication of the performers, the beauty in their moves , and the sparkle in the residents’ eyes.  I didn’t see a single resident move the whole time viewing the performance.  They were at awe, and so were we.   Calm with beauty was the undertone of the room allowing the residents to escape any thoughts of pain.  Simply engaging.  Upon departure of the performance, the residents said it was the best performance they have ever seen.  Thank you for bringing the talent of the ballet to the AbbeWood Senior Living Community.

Christine Serdinak
Senior Executive Director, The AbbeWood Senior Living Community