Intensive : Dance with Older People & Dementia

This workshop is now fully booked, please keep checking our website for information on opportunities

As part of our dance and older peoples programme we are welcoming Fergus Early OBE on the 4th & 5th February 2017 to deliver a two day intensive for Dance Artists, Health & Social Care Professionals & others who work or intend to work with older people.

Fergus leading a session for people with early- to mid-stage dementia


The aim of the intensive is to introduce skills and approaches needed to lead dance sessions with older people, during the intensive there will be a particular focus on people living with dementia.

Particular areas that will be covered include:

  • The social and political context: older people and society; the valuable contribution to society of older people and the value of dance to older people
  • Structure and content: acquainting participants with the structure and content of sessions for both active and less mobile older people as practised by Green Candle
  • Working with dementia: a person-centred approach; non-verbal communication
  • Choreography: creating appropriate work for particular contexts
  • Props, music, improvisation
  • Where do I come from?  Exploring our own starting points and emotional responses to older people
  • Sharing knowledge: drawing upon participants’ own knowledge and experience of working with older people 

Led by Fergus Early, participants will take part in practical sessions as given to older people (standing and seated), including warm ups, stretching, improvisation, a choreographed sequence and cool downs. A wide range of discussion about ageing and the empowerment of older people will be facilitated

About Fergus Early OBE

After an early career in ballet, contemporary dance and New Dance, Fergus founded Green Candle Dance Company in 1987, working, for and with children, young people and older adults. Since then the company has worked extensively with older people living with and without dementia in hospitals, care homes, day centres and at its base in Bethnal Green, East London. Fergus directs an accredited training course for leading dance with older people and his company also runs specially designed short training courses for dancers and health workers. In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for services to dance. In 2011 he received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Manchester Metropolitan University

Both days will be hosted by the Dance Department at Axis Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University Crewe Green Rd, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 5DU


4th Feb - 10.30am - 5.00 pm

5th Feb - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Early Bird discount (upto 3rd Jan) £75.00 thereafter £85.00

A 10% concessionary discount will be given (proof needed) on the above

Travel Information

Crewe Railway Station is a short taxi ride away from MMU Crewe or a 15 minute walk.

For those needing accomodation there is a Travelodge opposite the campus

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