Remote delivery to Housing Associations’ Communal Areas
Our Dance Artist will deliver one falls prevention dance session to multiple housing associations at the same time, via a live internet link.
We’ll transmit the session live to your communal room.
A communal area with enough space for participants to dance.
A large screen with audio and video capabilities e.g. a laptop connected to a large TV.
A member of staff at each site to help and encourage participants.
Benefits of the Dance to Health programme:
Develop strength and balance.
Help residents to live independently.
Improve mental wellbeing.
The best value way of delivering Dance to Health
We’re able to charge just £30 per session for up to 20 people – this works out at £1.50 per person.
Our standard programme costs £180 per session, but by delivering to many groups at once live via the internet, this programme still gives the social aspects of a group dance class at a much more affordable price.
Mondays at 11am-12.30 | Mixed ability group | Space available
Tuesdays at 2pm-3.30pm | Mixed ability group | Space available
Thursdays at 10.30am-12pm | Mixed ability group | Space available
Fridays at 3pm-4.30pm | Mixed ability group | Space available
Let us know if there isn’t a suitable time above
so we can try and create a new group for you
What happens during a session?
A session will have 60-90 minutes of dance, choreographed by the dance artist. Each of our dance artists have their own, unique dance experiences and style. They will bring this to the session but they will also tailor the music and dance to the preferences of participants. For mixed ability groups, the dance artist will demonstrate a standing and seated variation of the dance to ensure all participants can join in.
The dancing is followed by up to 30 minutes of social time.
What evidence is there that the Dance To Health programme works?
Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University was commissioned to evaluate of the Dance to Health. They found that:
– Dance to Health offers the health system an effective and cost-effective means to address the issue of older people’s falls.
– Dance to Health reduces falls by 58%
– If an older person visits A&E because of a fall, the likelihood of their becoming an in-patient is 35%. This reduces to 13% for Dance to Health participants.
Dance to Health’s fidelity to existing physiotherapy programmes was also confirmed.
As a result of Dance to Health:
– 96% of participants report becoming more physically active,
– 96% report increased mental wellbeing,
– 87% report making new friends.
– 98% of participants’ families and friends said they would recommend the Dance to Health programme to people who have fallen or who are at risk of falling.
What training do your Dance Artists have?
We recruit talented dance artists with experience of working with older people, in health and wellbeing programmes or inclusive dance. They are DBS checked, first aid trained and have appropriate insurance.
They are trained in PSI (Postural Stability Instruction); a physiotherapy-based qualification that the NHS give to their physiotherapists. We then give them more training on how to incorporate the PSI into dance.
Do we need to provide an on-site staff member?
For us to deliver live via the internet, we need a member of staff or a volunteer present at each session. They will be on hand to help participants should they need it and also to encourage involvement in the dancing, creating a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Dance to Health is usually as much fun for the staff member as it is for the participants.
What are the Housing Association communal site requirements?
– Accessible premises, particularly for people with disabilities
– Clean, temperature controlled and bright.
– Non-carpeted floor preferred – ideally a sprung wooden floor. If carpeted, the carpet must be fitted, the surface smooth and no rugs.
– Large enough to accommodate participants when dancing.
– Drinking water available during sessions.
– Refreshments at the end of sessions.
– A moveable chair available for each participant. Preferably hard-backed, with no arms.
– A large screen with audio and video capabilities e.g. a laptop connected to a large TV.
– Internet access.
What do participants say about the programme?
“I can feel my legs are stronger. I went to a family christening at the weekend and my relatives couldn’t believe the difference in me. My entire posture has changed.”
“Most importantly the sessions turned us all into a bunch of friends and now some of us will bump into each other when we’re out and we’re excited about seeing each other and want to know what we’ve been up to.”
“When I leave hereI feel elated – it sort of uplifts you. Gives you a lovely feeling. I can come in depressed and go out feeling on top of the world.”
“After retirement my mobility had become increasingly compromised, by worn out, stiff and painful hips. After each session I was able to stand up straight instead of being stooped, if only temporarily, and move about more freely.”
Please complete the information below if you would like a member of our team to contact you to discuss how Dance to Health can help.