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Friday 26 July: Introduction to dance and mental health

Led by Carly Annable-Coop

This one-day course is aimed at dance artists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of delivering dance with people who are experiencing mental ill health.

The day will be practically led and include film, research and discussion. It will explore the aims, approaches and outcomes of working with vulnerable people with a particular reference to young adults with psychosis as well as insights into collaborating with healthcare professionals.

Dance Practitioners will also gain an in-depth look at the pioneering dance intervention developed for young adults accessing early intervention in psychosis services in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. This action research project is a case study in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

This course is open to any dance artist with an interest in this field and will provide an insight in to working in the mental health field. Additional training or shadowing would be required before course participants would be ready to lead sessions.


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Carly Annable-Coop biography

Carly Annable-Coop brings over 15 years experience leading participatory dance projects that engage professionals, non-professionals and marginalised groups with a focus on transformation.

She has worked with organisations including Dance 4, Sadler’s Wells, Dance United and established The Alchemy Project to carry on pioneering dance work in the mental health sector.

Carly is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and is Associate Artist for Performing Medicine with the Clod Ensemble and co designs and facilitates the Performing Medicine programme.