Dance and Older Adults

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Jody Morgan

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01606 861 770

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At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for older adults to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance.

Of all the art forms, dance is unique in placing the body and it’s lived experience as the site of exploration and art-making. Therefore, it offers opportunities for all participants to connect to their physical-selves, to discover or rediscover their bodies, to pay attention to sensation and to connect to others throughout this process in a way that no other art form does.

The Benefits of Dance for Older People:

  • Dance is a social activity that helps maintain cognitive function, reduces cardiovascular risk and the risk of falls.
  • Evidence from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine showed that dance was the single most effective preventative health measure against dementia (76% risk reduction) because of its combined physical, cognitive and social aspects.
  • Improved balance, co-ordination and general fitness that can be lost as we get older.
  • Sense of social and cultural identity, a feeling of belonging to a group of people with a shared interest.
  • Support in mental health and well being
  • Enhances falls prevention

Dance is recognised as providing therapeutic benefit; it is a form of release and means of expression, using simple creative movements allows people to express something of their individuality, regardless of age

Cheshire Dance currently offers live and virtual opportunities for older adult to experience and engage with dance across Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East with regular classes in the community.

To find a class near you, view our ‘events’ for older adults or contact classes@cheshiredance.org.

 


 

 

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