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Wednesday 29 July: Introduction to dance and dementia

With Diane Amans

This one-day course is aimed at dance practitioners who already have some experience of working with older people. It will provide background information about the different types of dementia and how these conditions may (or may not) affect participants. It will also provide key approaches, exercises and tools to help you engage with participants who experience dementia. 

The course includes:
  • Overview of different types of dementia and how these affect an individual participating in community dance activities
  • Practical ideas for dance in dementia contexts
  • Ways of translating activities to suit people living with dementia
  • Duty of care and risk assessment     
  • Managing mixed groups – of people with and without dementia
  • Small dances – ideas for working one to one or in small groups.

Participant requirements:
Course participants should either have completed the online learning programme Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People (at the reduced Summer School rate of £40 - further information in application from) or have at least 3 years of experience delivering dance for older people.

Diane Amans biography

Diane Amans 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.


Diane Amans, People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry