Still Stomping provides an exciting opportunity to challenge the divisions we create in our society in particular- age. By bringing children, young people and older people together we hope to increase understanding, empathy and celebrate and unite the individual and community no matter what age they are. Liz Moran, Director of Arts and Culture, University of Kent
Sonia York-Pryce presents a visual documentation celebrating the mature dancers corporeal difference highlighting their practice rather than their age defines them. 8 dancers 4 from Sydney and 4 from London interpret Sonia's dance motif creating an embodied dialogue of movement.
From 18th-21st January 2018, Artichoke staged a second edition of light festival Lumiere London. We aimed to make the festival enjoyable for all ages, and to create an atmosphere that older people, who might not normally engage with such activity, could enjoy. Artichoke was grateful to receive support from The Baring Foundation in this endeavour.
This work-based research by Jacqueline Richards makes a timely contribution, bringing together older people’s voices, work-based practice, theory and learning to create new knowledge that can inform future research and practice, whether large or small scale.
DSpare Tyre’s Invisible Women Festival, 19-24 February features new play, The Promise, which explores the moral complexities of the personal choice of assisted dying; Dancer Maria Ghoumrassi explores womanhood in society today in A Tree Without Leaves, and Pauline Walker reads from her novel The Truthteller’s Tale.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, worked with Age Uk Thanet's Intergenerational, Sunshine Saturday group, exploring stories and experiences of the sea. The project culminated in the creation of this movie which celebrates this vibrant community of people. The project was funded by the Big Lottery.
‘Early-Mid Stage Dementia Training for Art Practitioners’ on Wednesday 21st February 2018, 9.30am-4pm at Edith Cavell Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7TJ. This session provides an introduction to dementia, explores effective ways of reducing challenges faced by professionals and carers and how best to involve people in creative activities. Price to attend is £40 To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01953 713390 for more information. Please note spaces are limited. For more details, please see the attached flyer
Saturday 14 April 2018, 9.30am – 7.00pm and Sunday 15 April 2018 Get an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme.
This class is for those with Parkinson’s, their friends and family. Discover the themes, choreography and music of English National Ballet's current repertoire in a welcoming and informal environment.
A two-day workshop at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds Saturday 14 April 2018, 9.30am – 7.00pm and Sunday 15 April 2018, 9.30am – 5.00pm (plus an optional class from 8.30am) Course leaders: Dr. Sophia Hulbert and visiting artists from English National Ballet. Presented by Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK and People Dancing, in partnership with Yorkshire Dance. Get an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance Transports is an exciting regional training programme for Yorkshire which offers teachers, dance artists and those involved in the delivery of dance an opportunity to work alongside professional dance companies and gain valuable insights and training.
Alexander Whitley takes on the breath-taking scale of space for his company’s new work. Working in partnership with scientists from STFC RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research.
We are excited to welcome Avant Garde Dance Company back to Ipswich, following its premiere performance at the Jerwood DanceHouse in April 2016 and a successful UK tour.
Moving into Maturity A two day professional development workshop: Leading Dance with Older People and Dance & Dementia 24th & 25th October 2017 Due to popular demand Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce they will be holding a second Moving into Maturity workshop in October 2017. Booking is now open for this two day introductory course, for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia. For full details visit our website: http://www.greencandledance.com/2017/09/05/moving-into-maturity-october-2017/
Places still available for Green Candle’s unique and hugely popular Level 3 accredited course starting in October 2017. Suitable for teachers, dancers and dance students, health care workers, occupational therapists and activity coordinators, the Leading Dance for Older People Diploma provides an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people. ‘The course gave me new insight into practical aspects of teaching and acted as a spring board for potential areas of theoretical research.’ Course participant 2016-17 For full details of the course, how to apply and 2017-18 dates take a look at the Courses page on our website.
Thursday 14 September 2017, 2pm – 4.30pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online www.movingmemorydance.com Do you work with older people in a day-care, residential or community setting? Would you be interested in finding out more about how dance and creative movement contributes enormously to the health and well-being of older people? Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would like to invite you to a special demonstration and workshop on Thursday 14th September at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Aim This one-day course will introduce participants to the use of Circle Dance in Dementia, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver circle dance sessions in their own settings. The course is suitable for practitioners who work with people with dementia in group settings, such as care staff, activity coordinators, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, community dance practitioners, community musicians, exercise instructors, day centre workers and volunteers who are based in settings with people with dementia.
Sunday 8 October, 10am – 1pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would love to meet older women who are interested in finding out more about the company and taking part in a “Moving Well” workshop.
Saturday 2 September, 10am – 1pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would love to meet older women who are interested in finding out more about the company and taking part in a “Moving Well” workshop.
Do you work with older people in a day-care, residential or community setting? Would you like to find out how the work of Moving Memory - especially the digital element - contributes to the health and well-being of older people? Please come to a special demonstration and workshop on Thursday 14th September at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
How does engagement in participatory arts promote wellbeing and quality of life for healthy older adults? I am carrying out a review of all available evidence to find out. If you work in an organisation which runs participatory arts activity for older adults, I am interested in receiving your evaluation reports.
A review of literature on dance and its impact physiologically and psychologically among elderly populations. Topics included general fitness and strength, balance and gait, and general psychological wellbeing such as self-confidence, social inclusion, and cognitive function. Populations assessed ranged from 50 years upwards, and included both healthy and physically and psychologically impaired cohorts. Dance styles covered included social, creative, contemporary and traditional dance.
The aim of the pilot project was to evaluate the benefits to health and wellbeing of dance and arts activities that were stimulating and developed for and with older people in Medway and Gravesend. Both physiological and psychosocial areas of health and wellbeing were assessed via pre-test and post-tests plus interviews.
This project develops the research findings from the 2013 pilot of the Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project undertaken by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) contributing to and enhancing the research base in relation to dance for older adults.
Developed from projects in care settings across Cornwall, this toolkit includes ideas, advice and inspiration to begin a dance session in ones own care setting.
Sagacity! is London's annual festival celebrating older people dancing. Two days of FREE dance activities including 'Back to 87' themed workshops, a dance film screening and a gala performance by some of London's unique older people's dance companies
This online course will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
Have a listen to some of the company chatting about our work, and the making of Beyond the Marigolds, and then come and see it at The Hawth Theatre on June 4th 7.30pm : http://zurl.co/bJz0A
Arts 4 Dementia welcomes people affected by dementia and their carers to a free 8 week drama workshop programme, to take place at Hackney's award-winning and outstanding Arcola Theatre. Led by inspiring director Ross Crosby, participants and their carers will be coached in performance, gaining or developing their creative skills through movement, voice and theatrics.
Dance for Parkinson’s will host an introductory training workshop and advanced training workshop as part of People Dancing's annual Summer School The introductory workshop will be co-facilitated by Danielle Teale, People Dancing, and the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK. The advanced training workshop will be co-facilitated with artists from English National Ballet and open to teachers who've completed the introductory course.
We are absolutely over-the-moon to be able to announce that we have been awarded nearly £90,000 funding from these two wonderful funders. The investment is to expand the way our digital kit, Doris, might be used more widely by older people and to explore the further creative possibilities of virtual reality technology.
Woodville Halls, Gravesend, 7.30pm The Hawth Crawley, June 4th 7.30pm Beyond the Marigolds peels off those iconic rubber gloves and dredges the nooks and crannies of daily life and fantasy. Revisiting times of love, intimacy and sheer boredom seven women reveal the rich emotional hinterland held secret by older women. Combining live and digital forms, the company takes their audience on a fragmented journey of life’s messy acts of meaning – and attempt nothing less than to discover the meaning
Age proved no barrier to dance this week as members of the Generation Games took part in a workshop with the Rambert Dance Company.
A series of eight free and inspirational workshops of music, singing and dancing with Maz O’Connor (guitar, voice and shruti) and Ruairi Glasheen (percussion) for people with Early Stage Dementia and their loved ones.
If you are a practitioner working with dance, movement or somatic movement practices, in an NHS hospital setting, we invite you to take part in a research study. Please read on for further information.
This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Olivia McLennan, with dementia friendly arts venue and arts workshop guidance for dementia from Veronica Franklin Gould A4D founder and director of the Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 programme. There will be opportunities for sharing practice and ideas.
Established in 2014, the Elixir Festival is a unique event celebrating lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. It was set up to recognise the contribution that older artists make, challenge assumptions about what older people can and want to do, throw a spotlight on the diversity of dance practice and raise questions about what is next for the sector. In its inaugural year, the festival provided 2,500 people with the opportunity to experience older people dancing live and saw 500 older performers grace Sadler’s Wells’ stages. The Elixir Festival will return from 23-27 June 2017, to celebrate lifelong creativity and the legacy of older artists whose catalogue of work has changed the art form and continues to influence the future of dance. Alongside KnowBody II, the main stage programme, the festival will include seminars, workshops and three mixed programmes in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
This report is an evaluation of a pilot programme.
The centre is now fully active in researching the potential for dance to impact on both wellbeing and specific conditions.
New research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.
A two day professional development workshop: Leading Dance with Older People and Dance & Dementia 4th & 5th April 2017 Back by popular demand Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce bookings are open for Moving into Maturity 2017, a course for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.
Scottish Ballet is spearheading a ground-breaking 18 month pilot Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base.
The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company developed Digital Doris to overcome the challenges older people face during movement-based workshops held in residential care homes and day care centres. These included physical limitations, like short-term memory loss and mobility problems, plus the venues’ limited space.
Elixir Festival celebrated lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. Over four illuminating days, the festival featured a range of performances on Sadler's Wells' main stage and in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
Classes run by arts charity Create improve health and brighten lives but future of programme is threatened by social care spending cuts.
Dance Theatre of Ireland offers WellDance for Seniors, a new Arts & Health initiative designed to foster creativity and social connection in older people whilst improving mobility and well being through creative dance classes & performances.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company is a well-established company that offers workshop and performance opportunities for older women. Participants (most of whom have never experienced any training in dance or theatre) have the opportunity to try out new dance-theatre based skills and make high quality performance projects alongside professional artists.
I often feel I have had several careers in dance: early years as a ballet dancer; then studying and teaching at the London School of Contemporary Dance in its early days; then forming the X6 Collective and plunging into new dance practices like contact improvisation and release technique; then founding Chisenhale Dance Space with another collective and meanwhile working regularly as a solo performer, freelance choreographer and Associate Director (Movement) for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester; and finally, in 1987, setting up Green Candle Dance Company.
What is the resulting exchange when artists of different ages, perspectives and places in their artistic journey collide? Trinity Laban music and dance students and Voices in Motion, one of Trinity Laban's creative groups for older adults in Lewisham, explore the theme of artistic identity across generations in a free interactive workshop and reflective event at Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre use movement, music, spoken word and digital projection as ways of revealing and presenting peoples’ stories.
This video from Bolton Dementia Support shows how you can do much for people with dementia without it costing a fortune.
Back by popular demand Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce bookings are open for Moving into Maturity 2017, a course for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.
Economic Foundations for Creative Aging Policy offers public policy ideas to construct positive answers for ageing populations. This
Evaluating the impact of dance activities for people in different stages of dementia.
This beautiful 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson’s. It deals honestly with the emotional impact of diagnosis and the effects of PD.
A new research report into current practice in older people's dance, published by People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016. The report provides a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance.
This 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson’s. It deals honestly with the emotional impact of diagnosis and the effects of PD. It shows not only the physical benefits of dance as exercise but also the emotional release which the participants (who include carers) achieve as they movingly express their feelings in movement. It is filmed and edited by a team from the University of Bournemouth.
Fergus Early's OBE, Green Candle, report on his innovative dance project with older people.
An European creative music and dance partnership with older people working with a composer and musicians to compose music on the theme of connections.
DANCE WELL webinar took place on 25th May 2016. Fergus Early OBE* from Green Candle Dance Company was interviewed by Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire about the joys and challenges of dancing with older people.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre members talk about what the company means to them.
Dance in Devon began a project giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences. This film tells of one person's experience of the programme.
Read the evaluation of Green Candle Dance Company pilot Uplift! a dance and live music project.
With over 25 years experience delivering dance to the community, Green Candle is one of the UK?s leading dance companies known for the high quality and originality of its work. It has been committed since 1998 to improving the health and well-being of older people aged 50+ through dance and movement.