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Age and Dancing by Diane Amans
Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides a clear and practical introduction to dance with older people. This accessible text combines discussions of key debates with useful guidance
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This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in this field with practical guidance, as well as a useful resources section with ‘toolkit materials’. An ideal beginners guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.

"As we enter an era of shifting global demographies we need, more than ever, to be exploring the role of the arts in active ageing. In this book, Amans provides practical approaches and theoretical underpinning that supports the ongoing development of Community Dance in the 21st Century."
Ruth Spencer, University of Central Lancashire

Contents:

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword; K.Bartlett
Preface
Introduction; D.Amans

PART I: SOCIETIES AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
Definitions; Diane Amans
Ageing and Society in Britain; S.Houston
Ageing, Creativity and Dance in the United States; P.Vissicaro
Ageing and Society in Other Cultures; D.Amans
What Sort of Dance and Who is Dancing?; D.Amans
Contexts, Partnerships and Funding; D.Amans
The Beauty of Reality: Older Professional Dancers; F.Early
Cross Generational Dance or Just Communities Dancing?; R.Pethybridge

PART II: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
What Happens When We Age?; E.Coleman
Conditions Which May Affect Older People; E.Coleman
Dance and Dementia; D.Amans
Dance and Parkinson's Disease; D.Amans
Duty of Care - Keeping Older Bodies Safe; D.Amans
Continuing Professional Development, Training Opportunities, Gaining Skills and Qualifications; D.Amans
Evaluation; S.Houston
Choreography and Performance with Older People; D.Amans

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