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Introduction to dance with older people
Thursday 27 July 2023, with Diane Amans
A one-day introductory course in the studio for dancers, teaching artists and community practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance with older people.
£95 Members/£145 Non-Members (plus £40 online course cost if required)

To gain the most from this course we ask that participants have completed (ideally) or commenced the Introduction to Leading Dance with Older People online programme - which offers core foundational knowledge about the safe, effective and creative delivery of dance sessions with older people in a range of contexts. If not already completed, the cost of this for course participants is £40, purchased at the time of booking.

By taking this course you will:

  • Understand the ageing process and how it impacts on safe practice in dance
  • Gain practical ideas for dance with a range of older people and a working understanding of appropriate leadership styles.

About Diane Amans

Diane is a dance artist, choreographer, author and training consultant based in the North West of England with over thirty five years experience of leading dance activities with diverse community groups both in the UK and Europe. For 15 years prior to 2006, she was artistic director of Freedom in Dance – a company she founded to offer accessible opportunities for people of all ages to participate in dance activities.

She currently works as a freelance dance artist, lecturer and consultant offering professional development, evaluation, mentoring and project management work. She is an Associate Artist of People Dancing and has tutored on several summer intensives. She also deliver lectures and seminars for a range of universities and CPD organisations.

Recent work includes making an intergenerational dance video challenging stereotypes of youth and ageing; developing and delivering accredited training programmes for dancers wishing to work in participatory arts with intergenerational groups and older people; performing dance projects with Bisakha Sarker (dancer) and John Killick (poet); working with health and social care staff to make dance accessible to people living with dementia.
She has written two textbooks: An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and Age and Dancing: Older People and Community Dance - both published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Images: Diane Amans, People Dancing Sumer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.