Samba dancer cheers up care home residents with ‘mini carnival’

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There were incredible scenes outside a Merseyside care home when a professional samba dancer strutted her stuff to keep residents entertained while under lockdown.

Brazilian-born Simone Reeves did a stunning routine outside the Southport nursing home, joined by her two children, Carolina (aged four) and Isabella (six).

It was performed outside in the garden to observe social distancing rules.

Simone, 37, said she wanted to try and cheer up both elderly people cut off from their loved ones, and the staff who look after them.

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Professional samba dancer Simone Reeves and her two young children are bringing a splash of colour to nursing homes under lockdown

She added: "As a self employed dancer, I am like most people unable to work.

"I then decided to offer a free mini carnival show for the care homes. It is safely done outside on their garden, while residents and staff can watch from their conservatories or living rooms.

"It's been wonderful to see them smiling, waving, clapping. They've been gobsmacked to see all the sparkles from the costume in the sunshine and even throwing some shapes themselves."

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So far Simone has performed outside four nursing homes, mostly in Southport but also in Bootle.

She said: "On a couple of occasions I’ve taken my two little girls along with me, who understand what we are doing and why.

"Both the kids loved to help and perform, and go to the window and throw kisses at them."

Simone runs the Viva Brasil company, which organises samba shows for events including birthdays, weddings, parades, and fashion shows.