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Dance with Older People

With Diane Amans
Friday 29 July 2016

This is a one-day introductory course for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

The course includes:

  • Practical ideas for dance with frail older people, including those living with dementia
  • Overview of ageing process and how this impacts on safe practice in community dance 
  • Duty of care and risk assessment
  • Creative use of props
  • Starting points and structures for creating dance.
Diane Amans biography

Diane has a long association with People Dancing and delivered the Introduction to Community Dance Practice Summer School course as part People Dancing’s previous Summer School.

This year she will return to act as course tutor on the Dance with Older People course. Diane will lead the course for participants who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.

Diane is one of the leading practitioners in community dance, is the author of An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and founder of Freedom in Dance. During her time as director of the company she developed the accredited training course Leading Dance with Older People.

Diane is a dance artist whose career has included working in education, training staff in health and social care, and managing dance projects in health and community settings. She currently works as a freelance choreographer, trainer and consultant. Diane is particularly interested in intergenerational projects and has created several dance pieces challenging stereotypes of youth and ageing. She has recently developed a new training programme for participatory arts workers. Discovering Common Threads focuses on attitudes to difference and ways in which artists can both celebrate difference and explore what we have in common.

Dance with Older People prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£85 £125 £95 £133