In January 2015, Yorkshire Dance teamed up with University of Leeds and Public Health Leeds to deliver Dancing In Time.
The project, which will take place in three areas across Leeds, aims to provide new dancing activity for older adults who have little access to dance, researching the impact of dance on the health and wellbeing of older adults, especially the impact of their physical activity levels, which is widely accepted as contributing to health and happiness. A 10 week project has now taken place in Middleton, in partnership with Middleton Elderly Aid, and the thirteen adults who took part seem very proud of their achievements.
The group from Middleton took part in twice weekly sessions creating work which they then showed to small audience to celebrate how well they had got on. The group loved the project so much that they are continuing to meet, and will carry on working independently with one contemporary dance session per week.
“At first, I didn’t know what to expect, I thought it would just be exercise but it’s nothing like exercising, it’s dancing, which is great and I’ve really enjoyed it. Making friends, meeting other people and just basically having fun.”
“At the beginning everyone was quite shy, and a bit weary, so we laugh alot and that made people relax.”
“From my point of view I can already see that people have benefitted, one lady has more mobility in her should than she had before, one lady has started to feel muscles that she forgot she had, that are starting to tone up, there’s already an improvement and an improvement in confidence levels.”
At the end of April 2015, the second phase of the project began with ‘Caring Together’ in Woodhouse. This project is now in its fourth week and has a group of approximately twelve adults attending the creative contemporary dance sessions each week.
“I’ve been a lot happier; I can move…I can nip my bum together. I can use my muscles in my bottom!”