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Illawarra seniors showed off their dancing moves for a good cause on Monday.

Resident Jean Baker shares a laugh. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Resident Jean Baker shares a laugh. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The seniors were taking part in the UnitingCare's Big Move event at Unanderra.

More than 1200 people registered statewide to participate in the inaugural event, which kicked off 2014 Seniors Week.

UnitingCare Ageing director Steve Teulan said Big Move was dedicated to raising awareness and much needed funds for dementia.

"With one in 10 people over 65 in Australia currently estimated to have dementia and the numbers set to rise, UnitingCare wanted to do something aimed at energising the mind and stimulating the brain," Mr Teulan said.

Participants improvised their own moves as well as dancing to a routine choreographed by Australian ballroom dancer Alana Patience.

IRT is also holding events to celebrate Seniors Week, which started with a ballroom dancing class at IRT Links Seaside.

IRT will take the ballroom dancing roadshow to three other South Coast and ACT locations during Seniors Week.

Barbara Mackey performs the Hokey Pokey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Barbara Mackey performs the Hokey Pokey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Yvonne Felton, Joan Hush, Betty Hodder and Barbara Mackey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Yvonne Felton, Joan Hush, Betty Hodder and Barbara Mackey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Residents Joan Hush and Betty Hodder. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Residents Joan Hush and Betty Hodder. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Lifestyle officer Judy Kisela gets in the groove. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Lifestyle officer Judy Kisela gets in the groove. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Guest speaker and resident Les McKay. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Guest speaker and resident Les McKay. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Illawarra seniors take part in the inaugural UnitingCare's Big Move dance against dementia.Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Illawarra seniors take part in the inaugural UnitingCare's Big Move dance against dementia.Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Guest speaker Jenny Lightbody at the performance. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Guest speaker Jenny Lightbody at the performance. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Lifestyle workers get the crowd smiling. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Lifestyle workers get the crowd smiling. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Joan Gerrey performs the Hokey Pokey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Joan Gerrey performs the Hokey Pokey. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Doreen Thomas looks on. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Doreen Thomas looks on. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Sarah Esplin enjoys the performance. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Sarah Esplin enjoys the performance. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI