We Danced, funded by Provident Financial – Good Neighbour Fund, is an intergenerational pilot project bringing together older adults in care home settings with local primary schools in Parson Cross, Sheffield.
We Danced invites older adults to share their stories of dance and dancing with a team of five professional dance artists.
The project commenced in late January 2016, with artists working under the mentorship of TC Howard to explore themes and gather ideas for delivery. Weekly sessions began in Blenheim Court Care Home with artists delivering work in both a group setting and on a one to one basis with older adults.
We Danced includes participatory dance, conversation and reminiscence and also invites family and friends of the residents to participate.
In February, the creative team will commence work with young people at Mansel Primary School; developing relationships between children and care home residents and using the reminiscence work as a creative starting point to explore the dances “we danced”.
The first phase of the project will take place over the next twelve months, creating moments of sharing and exchange through participatory workshops and celebratory sharings.
The connections We Danced will create with older adults, will contribute to reducing social isolation and loneliness and promote positive community cohesion through relationship building with young people.
Young people will build a stronger relationship with elders, which will impact positively on attitudes to ageing. We Danced will build on existing training from Yorkshire Dance’s regional CPD programme Dance Transports, which includes professional development in dance and dementia and intergenerational dance. It will also build on learning developed through Dancing with your Neighbours (Juncture Festival 2014) and Young at Arts (2015 – 2017) an integrated arts programme aimed at reducing social isolation in older adults across Leeds.