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UC’s ballroom dancing class performs for Williamsburg Nursing Home


Williamsburg, KY., - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) is constantly thinking about the well-being and happiness of others, especially as the holiday season nears. So many loved ones from our community are warmly housed in the fine care of the Williamsburg Nursing Home. On December 5th, UC’s ballroom dancing class decided to spread a little Christmas joy and share with the residents the enjoyment of the theatre arts as they demonstrated their dances for them.

UC’s ballroom dancing instructor, Ms. Lindsey Baker, arranged for her class to take their new dancing skills they have learned this semester and perform different styles of dance for the residents. Couples grouped together to demonstrate their moves as popular and classical music played. They performed the Tango, the Swing, Foxtrot, Hustle, Waltz, and the Merengue.

“This is the second time my ballroom dancing classes have performed for the Williamsburg Nursing Home,” explained Baker. “I would love to have the opportunity to continue this for the years to come with the ballroom dancing classes at UC. I like having the students do their dance demonstrations for the patients and I think they enjoy it as well. Plus, it is good practice for the students.”

The patients watched carefully as they admired the students’ dances and as they got into the music with their various dance steps. “This is my favorite dance,” said a female reside to another as she smiled and enjoyed the Foxtrot. “I used to be able to dance just like that.” Many of the residents appeared to be reminiscing of yesteryear as they smiled and clapped their hands and swayed to the rhythm of the music.

“We have people come here and perform for our residents quite often,” said RN and Williamsburg Nursing Home employee, Shonda Bowman Flannery. “The Dance Centre has come a few times so that the little kids can dance and we have other schools and organizations come as well. UC has been here many times throughout the years and the residents always seem to enjoy it. It is a good thing for our residents.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit