Dance and Movement Sessions
Singing For Wellbeing dance and movement sessions encourage participants to move and dance in response to music, props and simple exercises. For many older people dancing was an important part of their social lives but over the years this may have fallen by the wayside. The sessions aim to be good fun and rekindle those former pleasures.
When we are enjoying moving to music we are carried along and can move in ways that we may not normally do. There is no right or wrong way of moving so everyone can take part and the most important thing is having a go. Using music from all eras and around the world stimulates conversation about memories, feelings and experiences so the sessions are very sociable with lots of interaction between the participants.
The sessions are all seated and it is fine to come along and simply enjoy the sociable atmosphere.
“Importantly physical activity has an effect on mental wellbeing promoting a reduction in stress and depression.”
Aging Artfully. The Baring Foundation.
“most senior center participants said that their health was better and the dance and movement improvisation activities in the program helped them stay healthy by improving flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance.”
Carla Tabourne and Yongho Lee, “Study of Kairos Dance Theatre’s Dancing Heart Program,” University of Minnesota, D 2005-2006.
“That was a damn good afternoon”
Elderly gentleman in a residential home after a Singing for Wellbeing 'Stompin' at the Savoy' session. 2012.