Innovator Wild Bill has the old folk dancing in their seats!

Line dancing instructor Bill McKechnie visited the Abbeydale Nursing Home on New South Promenade in Blackpool to lead residents in an afternoon of armchair line dancing.'Bill tries to wake the dead. PIC BY ROB LOCK

Line dancing instructor Bill McKechnie visited the Abbeydale Nursing Home on New South Promenade in Blackpool to lead residents in an afternoon of armchair line dancing.'Bill tries to wake the dead. PIC BY ROB LOCK

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It’s not just the young and fit who enjoy getting down and moving to music.

And Wild Bill is out to prove anyone can dance – no matter what their age or physical condition.

Bill McKechnie is bringing his innovative style of dancing to care homes across the Fylde coast next month and wants to spread the word.

Bill teaches pensioners and the elderly how to dance with their hands from the comfort of their armchairs.

He has spent the last 16 years travelling around the UK to promote armchair dancing to the elderly and disabled, which can be of particular benefit to people with dementia.

Bill said: “A lot of the time I go to dementia homes. Sometimes the staff will say I won’t get a response out of a particular person, but then when the music starts, they start 
singing and they really enjoy it.

“I try to use songs from their era, songs they will remember and know.

“It’s great for the people with dementia because they may not remember things, but they might remember songs.

“I also recite poetry and demonstrate line-dancing to keep them entertained, as well as telling the odd joke. The armchair dancing is fantastic exercise for people who may not be very mobile. It gets them moving, it helps with coordination. It’s great fun too and is a real social activity.”

Bill was recently featured on Britain’s Got Talent.

He auditioned for the judges by getting the whole audience hand-dancing to Saturday Night Fever – including the judges. But he was buzzed off by the judges who felt the ‘act’ was not for them.

He also showed them some line-dancing, but again the judges were not impressed.

Bill said: “I am coming to the Fylde coast between August 23 and 31, to entertain in care homes, but am happy to take more bookings if anyone is interested.” Go to www.wild-bill.co.uk or email billmck02@hotmail.co.uk.