Forget the hip op – it’s all about the hip hop at one Sheffield care home

Put your hands in the air like you just don't care - Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstrate street dance.
Put your hands in the air like you just don't care - Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstrate street dance.
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You could take granny to a sedate tea dance... or you could introduce her to the streetwise world of hip hop.

Sheffield’s Hype Dance Company is used to teaching the world’s most popular form of street dance to enthusiastic youngsters.

Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstarte street dance. Our picture shows Hype's Suzie Coggins and resident Jack Casey.

Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstarte street dance. Our picture shows Hype's Suzie Coggins and resident Jack Casey.

But in a complete break from the norm, their latest batch of students had an average age of 80.

Hype artistic director Anna Olejnicki and her dancers went where hip hop has never been before... to the Prior Bank Care Home in Nether Edge.

The Hype team visited the home to show residents a couple of basic hip hop and street routines – and even managed to get some of the older folk dressed in baseball caps and up on their feet for an energetic clap-happy workshop.

“I couldn’t believe it when the care home approached us, and said they were keen to introduce street dancing to their residents,” said Anna.

Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstarte street dance. Our picture shows resident Joan Bunting joining in the fun.

Prior Bank House Care Home invited along Sheffield's Hype Dance Company to demonstarte street dance. Our picture shows resident Joan Bunting joining in the fun.

“It’s a great way to break the mould of what the world expects of older people.

“Most of the residents are in their 80s so we knew it was sure to raise some eyebrows – and there’s nothing wrong with that!”