This research project will provide new dancing activity for older adults who have little access to dance. We will research the impact of dance on the health and wellbeing of older people, specially the impact on their physical activity levels which, as is now widely accepted, is the most important factor in staying healthy and happy.
We’ll be working with Middleton Elderly Aid for the first 20 sessions starting in January and are confirming details of the other two Neighbourhood Networks who we will be working in partnerships with throughout the year. The sessions will take place twice a week and will be fun and invigorating. The dance will involve both structured movement and creative improvisation – with a piece of choreography being developed by the group over the 10 week period. We will of course also have a chance to have tea and biscuits together!
It is very exciting for us to be investing in the team of artists to deliver this work – so we have asked expert Gil Graystone to come and work with the team of freelancers in January. Gill is a hugely inspiring dance leader and brings a wealth of expertise in this field to Yorkshire.
We would like to thank our partners at the University of Leeds and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust who we’ve been working with for 18 months to drive forward this practice which has the potential to put Leeds in the lead of national and international development in this field.