MENU

Blog

It’s official: dance keeps us strong and social into older age

In people over 65 years of age, falls represent the most frequent and serious form of accident, costing the NHS £2.3 billion per year and leading to reduced mobility and isolation from friends and family. Now, thanks to a survey leading to a new report published by AESOP and People Dancing, which was presented to the House of Lords in November 2016, it is officially recognised that dance provides a creative solution. The survey was borne out of Dance to Health, a pilot programme that saw South East Dance offer dance and movement sessions to more than 980 older people in 2015/16. While 40% of people complete regular falls prevention exercise programmes, a fantastic 73% of those who took part in Dance to Health finished the course, benefiting from a range of health, artistic and social benefits.

Jamie Watton, Executive Director of South East Dance, says: “Given that by 2024, the population of a quarter of all UK local authority areas will include 25% over 65 year olds, it’s time that dance is placed right at the heart of health and wellbeing programmes.”

One Dance to Health participant said: “At 83 many avenues are beginning to close down. My family – children and even grandchildren - are all, thank goodness, independent beings and are scattered far and wide. My professional career is over. Even my vocabulary is shrinking and most of the things I love to eat and drink are ‘out of bounds’. But the [group] is opening doors and whole vistas I never dreamed of as a younger woman. It is a huge part of my life."

Whatever your age, if you’d like to find out about dance classes near you, take a look at South East Dance’s The Other Yellow Pages.

Dance To Health, Abingdon. Image © Helen Murray


Back to view all


Latest

14/09/17 Read our latest newsletter - The Virtual Issue

Featuring Interviews, updates, news, reflections and more. Read the Newsletter here.

07/08/17 Green light signals all systems go on The Dance Space

South East Dance, Brighton and Hove City Council and U+I are delighted to have completed on agreements and announce the start of construction at the Circus Street. Read More

06/07/17 NPO Funding Success

South East Dance is extremely pleased to be awarded renewed funding as an Arts Council, England National Portfolio Organisation. Read More

20/06/17 Are you a professional dance artist based in the south east?

Are you passionate about helping people explore their creativity in new and surprising ways? Yes? Then we need you… for The Welcome Project

07/06/17 Call Out - Audience Ambassadors 2017

We are looking for people without experience of seeing dance to join us! Is this you? Apply now for Audience Ambassadors 2017

05/06/17 Booking Now Open - Doing Dramaturgy

A two-day course exploring dramaturgy as a process and product-shaping practice. Book Now

Twitter

South East Dance @southeastdance
Thanks @daddanceproject it was a fab workshop. Can't wait to see the performance @AttenboroughCtr on 27 October!… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

South East Dance @southeastdance
Digital Tattoo coming to Brighton in October #BDF17 @AttenboroughCtr @katiefay100 southeastdance.org.uk/whats-on/katie… pic.twitter.com/j1qiHi0sKW

South East Dance @southeastdance
How can arts venues become invisible disability friendly? Complete this survey now! bit.ly/2ymCa87twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

South East Dance @southeastdance
Interested in exploring dramaturgy as a process and product-shaping practice? Check out TEST! @Dance_4 southeastdance.org.uk/whats-on/test-…

BrightonDigitalFest @DigitalBrighton
A VR journey into the unconscious mind, through the dreams, fears and desires of a fictional family #TOMtechtwitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Retweeted by South East Dance

Dance4 @Dance_4
Understand the creative possibilities of thinking dramaturgy in a workshop at #iC4C - apply by 6 Oct… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Retweeted by South East Dance

South East Dance @southeastdance
Your last chance to journey into the unconscious mind with WHIST @TOMvenue #BDF17 southeastdance.org.uk/whats-on/ae-wh…

South East Dance @southeastdance
Physical theatre merges with interactive VR & AR technologies in WHIST. Opening today! #BDF17 @TOMvenuetwitter.com/i/web/status/9…

JOIN THE SOUTH EAST DANCE MAILING LIST

Join our mailing list here

Tick here if you DO NOT give us permission to share your personal data with our carefully selected partners (artists, companies, promoters, venues and funders with whom we work). Click here to read our full Privacy Policy.

FOLLOW SOUTH EAST DANCE
ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow us on your favourite
Social Media channels...

Identity and website design by de Ville | Website build by TOR Creative