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Dance to Health sessions start in Birmingham from 21st November

Nov, 2017

Dance to Health arrives in Birmingham from 21st November...

In partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Connected Care Partnership, Aesop is delighted to announce that Dance to Health sessions will start in Birmingham later this month.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, a national charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the programme will run for two years from November 2017 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners. 

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, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.
The Connected Care Partnership, Aesop’s regional Health Partner, is also financially supporting the roll out of the programme.  Alison Massey, Senior Programme Manager, Modality Vanguard in Birmingham says –
‘The Connected Care Partnership is delighted to be collaborating with Aesop and the Birmingham Royal Ballet to deliver this innovative programme. Wellbeing and prevention of ill health is pivotal to what we want to achieve for people in Birmingham and Dance to Health allows individuals the opportunity to be creative, have fun and improve their health at the same time.’

Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop says –
‘We are particularly excited to be working with the Connected Care Partnership in Birmingham.  As a vanguard NHS service, they have shown themselves to be imaginative, innovative and inspirational in supporting new models for health delivery; they are a natural partner for developing Dance to Health. We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring the programme to one of the biggest cities in England and look forward to how the dance sessions will be shaped by older people in the local community to give the sessions a genuine local identity’.

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 –
‘Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to be working alongside Aesop and the Connected Care Partnership on the Dance to Health falls prevention programme. It’s fantastic to be using the benefits of dance, focusing on the poise and balance of classical ballet, to create an enjoyable and creative experience which promotes the health and wellbeing of people in our community.’

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 the taster sessions on:
Tuesday 21st November from 1.30pm at Ladywood Community Centre
Wednesday 22nd November from 10.30am at Lozells Methodist Centre
Or
Thursday 23rd November from 1.30pm at Laurel Road Community Centre.
Sessions last 60 – 90 minutes, with 30 minutes for refreshments at the end.

Weekly sessions start from 28th November 2017.

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