English National Ballet’s Dance, Health and Wellbeing programme encompasses regular weekly classes for people with , Dance for Dementia in Westminster Dementia Day Care Hubs and Dance for Health which engages older people in high quality dance activities and extends performance opportunities to older people throughout the year.
This June, we presented our Dance for Parkinson’s programme as part of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol, attended by 350 delegates from 22 countries worldwide.
Our dance programme for older people and for people with Dementia primarily focusses on enjoying artistic and creative dance activities. Weekly dance classes in accessible arts centres and day care settings enhance participants’ day to day quality of life, and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing through creative expression.
Regular participation in high quality dance and music activities helps to reduce isolation. Participants develop social networks and personal relationships through engagement with cultural activities and attending performances and special events with English National Ballet.
In 2013 – 14 we are pleased to be working in collaboration withon a partnership project with . Dancers from our regular Westminster Dance for Health sessions (run in collaboration with Open Age), have worked with professionals from English National Ballet to create a piece inspired by their interpretation of the life of the Georgians. The dancers attended an exclusive, day of discovery at Kensington Palace where they were inspired by the setting of the state apartments, the Georgian artefacts and the stories they learned about the intriguing members of the Georgian court. The final piece Court Whispering is created for the magnificent surroundings of the Banqueting House and will be performed at a unique performance event on Wednesday 16 April, 16.00 – 19.00. This event is free of charge. To attend, please contact the Department of Learning on . More information can be found on the project page.
Our Dance for Dementia work continues this term at twoDay Centres; Pullen Day Centre in South Westminster and Westbourne Dementia Hub in North Westminster. Our Dance for Dementia classes provide older people in regular day care with the chance to engage in a creative and stimulating art form, which can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing at all stages of Dementia.