Aesop announces a £2.3 million expansion of Dance to Health

Sep, 2017
A £2.3 million expansion programme will now build on a successful pilot in 2016 and an evaluation report published in February 2017.. 

Dance to Health is an older people’s falls prevention dance programme being developed by Aesop.

A £2.3 million expansion programme will now build on a successful pilot in 2016 and an evaluation report published in February 2017.

The expanded programme will run for two years from October 2017 through to 2019 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional health, social care and dance partners.

Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Falls are traumatic for older people and cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. Dance to Health aims to be an effective and cost-effective falls prevention programme, offering older people the choice of a dance-based alternative to existing evidence-based exercise programmes which are called FaME and Otago. All Dance to Health ‘Dance Artists’ (the programme session leaders) are trained in  Otago and FaME.

Announcing the expansion, Tim Joss, Founder and Chief Executive of Aesop, said:
“If an arts programme is evidence-based, can benefit patients and save the NHS money, then it deserves to be available to all patients who could benefit, anywhere in the country. Our goal is for Dance to Health to be the first such programme.”

The Health / Social Care Partners for Dance to Health phase 1 roll out are  -

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
Cheshire East Council
Connected Care Partnership (NHS Vanguard in Sandwell and West Birmingham) 
NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
Royal British Legion care homes
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council 

The Dance Partners are all Arts Council-funded national portfolio organisations expert in working with older people:

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Cheshire Dance
National Dance Company Wales
South East Dance
Yorkshire Dance 

Aesop has benefited from and will continue to receive advice and support from experts in ‘Dialogue Partner’ organisations:

Age UK
Arts Council England
Centre for Ageing Better
NHS England
NHS Horizons
One Dance UK
People Dancing (Foundation for Community Dance)
Public Health England
Social Prescribing Network
Sydney Medical School
University of Oxford Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences 

Dance to Health Phase 1 Roll-out is generously supported by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding, Nesta and Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Ministry of Defence Aged Veterans Fund and foundations (Esmée Fairbairn, Rank, and Peter Sowerby).

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