Dance to Health

After running two successful pilot programmes in Oxfordshire, South East Dance is delighted to be delivering Dance to Health programmes across the region.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, an arts charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the national programme will run for two years from November 2017 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners. 

In 2015 and 2016 South East Dance delivered a pilot programme in Oxfordshire, which created 989 opportunities for older people to experience the health and well-being benefits of dance and achieved 73% participant completion rate.

We are delighted to be working with Aesop again and with new health partners including Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal British Legion. We have a great team of experienced and professional dance artists and assistants on board who have been trained to deliver the falls prevention programme. We look forward to welcoming volunteers and participants to the classes’. Rose Kigwana, Producer – Community and Participation, South East Dance.

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

South East Dance are supported by NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver six programmes in Oxfordshire and by the Royal British Legion in Kent and Warwickshire to deliver a further two programmes.

Dance to Health is supported by Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation.

© Helen Murray
Dance to Health
© Helen Murray
© Helen Murray

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