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Below you will find essential sources of practical information and resources to support your work in community dance, such as training materials, teaching packs, DVD's, magazines and other reading.for a variety of documents and links to further information

If you would like to search through articles in Animated, the community dance magazine please visit Animated magazine.

Further resources can be found in our Fact sheet and legal compliance information sheet database.

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NOS Booklets
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FCD have produced three clear and useful guides - for dance practitioners, CPD providers and employers - about how the skills dance leaders need relate to the National Occupational Standards for Dance Leadership
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Gain inspiration and ideas from this collection of small charities’ fundraising stories. Created with support from Creative Scotland and Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Innovation in Fundraising shares experiences from the arts and beyond.
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A conference and seminar to mark the end of an innovative and dynamic three year health and movement project
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If you work in dementia care and you are interested in; non-pharmacological approaches, extending the range of interventions, using movement, dance and physical activity, helping carers maintain positive relationships and or having access to specialist expertise, then the Centre of Excellence in Movement, Dance and Dementia can help you.
Be Reflective artwork by The Cultural Sisters
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Be Reflective is a resource offering a framework to reflect on quality through all stages of an arts and health project.
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Reflection, evaluation, analysis and documentation are key to the evolving ecology of dance education and research involving individuals, communities and nations. This book provides a great resource for dance educators, practitioners and researchers, and pushes for the furtherance of dance education around the world
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Dance Renegades is an online resource for aspiring disabled and non-disabled dance artists. Dance Renegades and Art’s Angels was set up through a dialogue between UK based Stopgap Dance Company’s artistic director Lucy Bennett and emerging talent Joop Oonk who is the artistic director of Misiconi Dance Company in the Netherlands
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Find out who to talk to about Cultural Commissioning in your area.
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Online advice and information on good practice for professionals working with people with a learning disability
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The engage journal is the international journal of visual art and gallery eduction.
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A short handbook for voluntary organisations and community groups, on measuring wellbeing, produced by the Centre for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation (NEF) with input from nef consulting
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The following resources have been identified to help with the development of partnership working.
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People Dancing Music - a series of curated playlists for dance practitioners.
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The following resource has been identified to help dance practitioners develop a better knowledge and understanding about contracts.
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The following resources have been identified to help practitioners develop their knowledge and skills in relation to evaluation.
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In search of a Framework for Community Dance. A series of papers published by the Foundation for Community Dance to help widen and deepen critical debate about the purposes, processes and power of community dance
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The personal stories of disabled and non-disabled dance practitioners working together in a shared learning experience
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A dance film for people and organisations working in or with dance, Dancing Nation (on DVD and VHS) is indispensable for demonstrating the value and benefit of community dance
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The Cultural Commissioning Programme has collated a range of resources for those wanting to engage in public service commissioning and for commissioners such as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS and others wanting to work with arts and cultural providers. They are starting to collect some great case studies showing how arts and cultural programmes are impacting on the social outcomes which commissioners are looking for.
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Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provides webinars and resources for the self-employed
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“Remembering Together: Reminiscence Training for people with dementia and their family carers” (RTRT) involved partners in 10 EU countries
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'Shall We Dance' is a project funded by FEAST and managed by Arts for Health Cornwall and The Works Theatre and Dance Agency. It was developed in order to increase the opportunities for older people to access dance with the aim of improving their holistic health and sense of wellbeing. The final evaluation report is now available to download
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The Scottish Government’s mental health strategy to 2015 sets out a range of key commitments across the full spectrum of mental health improvement, services and recovery to ensure delivery of effective, quality care and treatment for people with a mental illness, their carers and families.
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This fact sheet explains why keeping physically active is important for people with dementia, gives examples of suitable exercises and physical activities for people in different stages of dementia and suggests how much activity is appropriate
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Art vs Rehab is a platform for people working in art and rehabilitation and produces live events and resources to stimulate critical thinking, research key issues and develop support networks
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A website / blog dedicated to gathering together and promoting your greatest achievements in the field of arts and older people.
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The Inclusion Club Hub online tool has been created by the English Federation of Disability Sport to help clubs to include more disabled people in their activities
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The BHFNC has produced a series of three booklets designed to assist those who work with older people to interpret the UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines which were introduced in July 2011.
SAGE Handbook of Gerontology
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This volume reflects the emergence of ageing as a global concern, including chapters by international scholars from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America. It provides a comprehensive overview of key trends and issues in the field, drawing upon the full range of social science disciplines
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Physical activity in later life can help maintain mobility, prevent falls and enhance mental wellbeing and cognitive functioning. This BHFNC practice briefing uses research evidence to provide practical strategies to effectively promote physical activity with older adults.
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The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events (Draft) has been drawn up by the Events Industry Forum in consultation with the UK events industry, including representatives from regional and national Government.
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In March 2013, Dance4 launched Changing Perceptions; the culmination of a two year research project examining provision and progression routes for young disabled dancers. Audio files of the Changing Perceptions research are now available to download from the Dance4 website
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Public Health England (PHE) provides many high quality data and analysis tools and resources for public health professionals. The PHE data and knowledge gateway provides direct access to these resources.
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Written in association with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent, this paper is for anyone interested in building kinder, more caring communities
Maypole Manual
If you don’t yet have a copy of The Maypole Manual, and are looking for ways to get Maypole Dancing started in your school or community, this is the resource for you
Disability Arts International
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www.disabilityartsinternational.org builds on the UK’s reputation as a home to many unique disabled artists whose excellent work is being presented and celebrated around the world
Levelling Up
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A research study into what constitutes excellent and innovative practice in Cultural Leadership initiatives either targeted at or including disabled and d/Deaf emerging and mid-term leaders in the cultural industries sector.
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This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, provides examples of how the arts in long-term care communities can play a key role in person-centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.
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Create is a new journal that aims to stimulate discussion about the true value of art and culture to our society.
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Putting fundraising campaigns at the heart of your organisation by Ben Park and Alexandra Shepherd. Insightful report from Spektrix to support not-for-profit arts organisations formulate plans to raise the money they need for their work.
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This new toolkit is a great help to cultural organisations looking to build their engagement with public service commissioners.
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Pavillion Dance South West (PDSW) is focussing on developing its creative and health work with older people. This video shows some of the work done by them and their partners in the UK and abroad.
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A free online resource to encourage more people to learn and teach folk related music, dance, drama and other arts has been launched by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
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This pioneering arts and health project uses dance and movement to bring relief to people living with Asthma, COPD and other long term conditions or chronic pain
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Stopgap Dance Company is excited to announce the launch of Replay on its Youtube channel giving aspiring disabled and non-disabled dancers the opportunity to try out its dance classes and Inclusive Yoga
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The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) promotes medical, scientific, and educational activities aimed at enhancing the treatment and training of dancers with the ultimate goal of improving dancers’ health, well-being, and performance. The Resource Papers on the Resouce Papers webpage, available at no charge, help support this mission
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With nearly 60 years of collective experience in the dance profession as creative artists, teachers, and researchers, the authors translate extensive research and evidence-based practice in order to present the principles of safe practice that are essential to any dance experience
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Especially produced for dance practitioners working in the informal sector with children and young people, and of particular significance to DDTAL candidates.
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This info sheet aims to provide an overview of risk assessments for community dance practitioners
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Voluntary and community events are an important aspect of everyday life that help to encourage and enable people to participate, and play a more active part, in society. This guide provides information on how to organise such events
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a qualitative study to develop a thematic framework for understanding the relationship between health and the arts
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DisabledGo are the leading provider of access information for disabled people in the UK, featuring over 120,000 places of interest. Every single venue featured has been visited in person by one of our own specialist surveyors
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This is the final report of the Arts in Health Evaluation Programme funded by the King's Fund, the Northern Rock Foundation and the Nuffield Trust.
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Using a global approach, this engaging collection of twenty-two original essays considers the history, evolution and universality of dance
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The DA21 report containing edited transcripts from the DA21 conference on Disability Arts and Culture in the 21st Century.
Magazine / Newsletter
The official quarterly publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
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Disability and Contemporary Performance explores the relationship between contemporary performance practice and disability, and investigates the ways in which disabled performers challenge, change and work with existing stereotypes through their work
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The final report of the Arts in Health Evaluation Programme funded by the King's Fund, the Northern Rock Foundation and the Nuffield Trust.
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Mencap has published a series of practical introductory guides to running arts projects for people with a learning disability
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Case studies of Australian arts organisations that have worked to improve access in the arts by people with disabilities.
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A new book from Paddy Masefield, OBE, MA: award winning playwright, director and arts consultant and leading representative of the struggle for disability rights in the arts.
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Website for learning disability arts by Mencap
Magazine / Newsletter
Children in Europe, a joint publication by a network of magazines from eight countries in Europe
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A New Educational CD from English Folk Dance and Song Society designed primarily for Disability education
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Published by Arts & Disability Ireland and produced in partnership with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, this international publication explores Disability and Deaf arts and culture in an Irish context
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In April 2005 Arts Council England South West and the South West Arts and Health Forum commissioned independent Arts Consultant Ruth Hecht to undertake an audit and analysis of Arts and Health activity in the South West
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Mencap's arts strategy
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Report on European Forum for the Arts and Heritage's Annual Conference in Helsinki 2006
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Produced by the Department of Health and Arts Council England, 2007
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A collection of essays by dancers working in health settings
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This Information Sheet aims to provide user-friendly information about the DDA
SOFII has been set up to provide fundraisers everywhere with a comprehensive, easily accessible archive of the best fundraising creativity from around the world.
Voluntary Arts Ireland has published a new report outlining the positive creative contributions made by older people
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A specialist charity which provides healthcare services for students or professionals in Performing Arts
Creative Careers is a website aimed at creative practitioners based in Ireland and features jobs, training and advice
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Debate on the progress made in the provision of arts in health since the Department of Health’s published its prospectus in 2007
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Report from the arts and health projects from Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008
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The website of the official London 2012 education programme for schools, college and local authority education providers across the UK
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A guidance document on promoting and developing successful arts and health projects.
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This Action Plan describes collaborative action between the Welsh Assembly Government and Arts Council of Wales to benefit and enhance the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales through arts and creativity.
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Check out the East Midlands Dance Artist Directory! Recently collated information on dance artists and practitioners working in the region created a directory in order to support employment opportunities
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The latest edition of 'Curated Space', accessible via Arts & Disability Ireland's (ADI) website offers a selection of essays taken from 'Face On - Disability Arts in Ireland and Beyond'
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As a practitioner it is vitally important that we see evaluation and impact assessment as part of the work we carry out. Due to recent budget cuts evaluating the impact of the work we produce has become more important, to help all arts in health practitioners the accessible guide in 'Measuring impact in health improvement has been released and is available to view below
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This review brings together a range of research that provides the quantitative evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of dance
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Book by Jill Hayes with Sarah Povey, providing a creative map of care to enable people with dementia to develop their creative skills.
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The strategy has been developed by Big Difference Company in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services, Leicester City Primary Care NHS Trust & Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The work has also been supported by Managers in Partnership.
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A speech given by Ken Bartlett, Creative Director of the Foundation for Community Dance at the Health and Well-Being Through Dance Seminar, Swindon Dance, 15th November 2010
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Report commissioned by BUPA into the importance of physical activity in older age, connected to the BUPA Global Challenge 2011 - Shall We Dance?
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John Killick and Claire Craig describe how people with dementia, and the people who work with and care for them, can foster and develop a creative approach, and provide rich and varied ideas for creative activities.
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Edited by Jacky Lansley and Fergus Early, this is a collection of interviews with twelve distinguished dancers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who continue to enjoy exceptionally long performing careers
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Website containing links to articles from various medical research journals including those covering dance-related topics
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The Shape's My Games activity pack is full of fun resource to help you plan activities aimed at encouraging new ways of engaging with the Olympics, of looking at 'Art' and disability
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Disability Arts Online has reproduced Hassan Mahamdallie's essay 'Beyond Cultural Diversity: the case for creativity'. An essay from a Third Text publication, compiled and edited by Richard Appignanesi
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Publication from the Department of Health, February 2009
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Essential reading for all who work with people with dementia
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Arts for Health publishes part 1 of Manifesto, a conversation on arts, health and society
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Restoring the Balance: the effect of arts participation on wellbeing and health is a collection of interviews conducted between May 2009 and July 2009
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A project developed and delivered by Dancemind designed to enable those affected by dementia access to a weekly dance class
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