With everyone now thoroughly enjoying the latest series of ‘Strictly,’ residents at Camelot House and Lodge have been embracing the spirit of Latin America by taking part in special salsa and samba classes.

The carnival themed dance classes were led by Solveiga Knight, an experienced ballroom and Latin dance teacher from Lithuania in the former Soviet Union.

Solveiga has developed a seated ballroom dance class suitable for all, including people with limited mobility or balance issues.

Richard Dempslake, activities co-ordinator at Camelot House and Lodge, said: “Lots of our ladies and gents adore ‘Strictly,’ and they thoroughly enjoyed having their own tuition – copying the simple steps Solveiga demonstrated, which they were able to do either standing or from the comfort of their armchairs.

“Because the session was going to feature carnival-related dances, we prepared for it with craft sessions where residents designed some exotic carnival-inspired masks and umbrellas, so the residents’ lounge had a great party atmosphere too.”

“Many of the dance tunes were familiar Tijuana Brass-type songs that our residents had enjoyed in years gone by, which encouraged a lot of happy reminiscences too.”

The ballroom dancing classes are part of a full and varied programme of activities organised by Richard and his team for the residents of Camelot House and Lodge. The home is run by the Camelot Care group which also has homes in Bridgwater and Plymouth. For further information see