During her Churchill Fellowship travels, internationally renowned dance practitioner and, author Diane Amans, very generously led two workshops, I organised to take place at Expressions Dance Studio. On the first day, Diane shared her experience in training dance practitioners (as you can see her doing in the DVD featured below) and facilitating classes for people with dementia, to ensure she or he can attend dance classes without any concern about “getting it wrong. On the second occasion, Diane repeated some of that work but focussed more on encouraging participants to see dance as a wonderful opportunity to age creatively, whilst having a huge amount of fun dancing and moving, for the joy of it.
The following video, features a dance class, happening on a regular basis in a retirement village. It is an excellent example of participants engaging in a failure free joyful occasion where they are encouraged to express themselves through movement.