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Dance to Health sessions are expanding in Birmingham

Jan, 2018
Dance to Healh sessions now take place at Birmingham Royal Ballet Studios and other venues in the city…

In partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Connected Care Partnership, Aesop is thrilled to announce that Dance to Health sessions are expanding in Birmingham as of this month.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, an arts charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. The programme launched nationwide and in Birmingham in November 2017 and thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, sessions will now be taking place in 3 further venues in the city.

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

Jenny Higgins, Dance to Health’s Birmingham Coordinator commented –
Dance to Health classes have been successfully running for the last two months in Birmingham’s communities and we can already see the difference in those who have been attending – people are more confident, have more strength and are able to do more of the dance movements! I’ve been really delighted that we’ve got such a range of people at the classes: both men and women, and from a whole range of backgrounds and ages, and hope that will continue in the three new classes’

Dance to Health in Birmingham is delivered by professional Dance Artists from Birmingham Royal Ballet; Pearl Chesterman, Director of Learning at Birmingham Royal Ballet says –
‘It is fantastic to see the participants confidence improving and the enjoyment and companionship they get from the classes. Having participated in a class, I would urge everyone to give it a go. It will make a difference! We are very excited that Dance to Health classes will now also take place in Birmingham Royal Ballet Studios every Wednesday from 10am -12 noon and we look forward to welcoming new people!’

Alison Massey, Senior Programme Manager at Modality Vanguard says -
 ‘The Connected Care Partnership is really pleased to be involved with this exciting project, it is great to know that within a few weeks those people that have attended the dance classes are feeling more positive about their health and wellbeing and are having fun doing so.’

If you are an older person who has had a fall or is worried about falling, Dance to Health is a FREE and fun, falls prevention session.

No Dance experience necessary!

Why not pop along to one of the new sessions at the following venues in the city –

1/ Mondays, 10.30am-12.30pm at St Andrews Sports and Community Centre, 2 College Rd, Birmingham B20 2HX.
2/ Wednesdays, 10.00am-12.00 noon at Birmingham Royal Ballet Studios, 39-40 Thorp St, Birmingham B5 4AU.
3/ Fridays, 10.30am-12.30pm at Ladywood Community Centre, 222 St Vincent St W, Birmingham B16 8RP.

Sessions last 60 – 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for refreshments at the end.

To find out more about the programme and how to sign up for the sessions call Jenny Higgins, Dance to Health Coordinator Birmingham on 01993 870 152, email JennyHiggins@ae-sop.org or visit www.dancetohealth.org/Birmingham