What is A Dance A Day?
A Dance A Day is a community dance project for the over 50s in Dorset supporting older people to actively and creatively age.
“This is unlike anything else I’ve ever done. We are exercising because our bodies are moving but we are also connected to how we are feeling... this joins our bodies and our minds together which is wonderful.”
In weekly dance classes participants work with skilled and experienced dance artists who adapt the exercises to ensure that all participants are working to their own level of ability, aiming to steadily increase fitness. Participants learn movement skills, improvisation and choreography. They also develop dance based exercises that can be incorporated into daily routine. In this way participants are increasing their daily levels of activity and creativity as well as being involved in the weekly class.
The choreography and improvisation element of the classes encourage creativity, which can really lift the spirits, impacting on a sense of wellbeing. The social aspect of the classes are also important, with participants making new friends and getting involved in other activities such as fund- raising and theatre trips.
Weekly classes run in the following areas-
- Charmouth Village Hall, Thursdays 11-12.30
- Wareham Town Hall, Wednesdays, 10-11
Classes cost £5 per session. To book or for more information contact Rosalind 01305 260954 or email@example.com
"Each time after ‘A Dance a Day’ session, I experience a greater sense of well-being, self-worth and confidence. I have a more positive outlook on life, believing that dancing can keep me supple and strong in old age."
- Monica, previous A Dance A Day participant
Project funded by Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council, The Santander Foundation, Island Community Action, Dorset Community Foundation
Dance In Time
Charmouth A Dance A Day participated in this event celebrating older people’s dance in the South West on 1st October 2013. Groups from across the region gathered to share work and creative sessions and to perform publicly and for each other. This event aimed to increase the visibility of the mature mover and promote discussion about dancing at age 50 and above.
A Dance A Day was initially created to take advantage of the opportunity for participants to be part of the Cultural Olympiad. All 5 groups performed on Weymouth promenade, in the sunshine, during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These performances highlighted the desire of older people to continue to set themselves challenges and achieve their own personal bests. We also challenged perceptions of what people of different ages can create.
Dance and Health
Activate is a member of a consortium of agencies across the South West working to foster and develop dance with older people. For more information visit http://www.pdsw.org.uk/dance-development/dance-for-health/dance-for-older-people/