Dance to Health is a pioneering, nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people. Dance to Health sessions combine evidence-based exercise with the creativity, energy and sociability of dance. The programme was devised and is managed by Aesop, a social enterprise and charity.
Dance to Health classes take place in Birmingham, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Norfolk and South Wales. No dance experience is necessary and even if you require walking aids you can take part.
- Get fit and improve strength, balance and flexibility
- Proven programme led by professional dance artist
- Reduce your risk of falling
- Make new friends
- Affordable – pay weekly subs to take part
- Join any time
Falls are traumatic for older people and a major challenge for the health system. They destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, costing the NHS £2.3 billion annually.
Dance to Health began in 2015 with a successful pilot programme. This has since been expanded with the Phase One Roll Out programme taking place until September 2019. By then we aim to have a national family of self-run, financially sustainable Dance to Health groups with central support.
Tim Joss is Aesop’s founder and Chief Executive. He is a social and cultural entrepreneur who has founded several organisations including the Bath Literature Festival, National Numeracy and, most recently, the Arts Impact Fund, the first arts-specific social investment fund (with Arts Council England, Cabinet Office, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation and Nesta). Tim was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.
Dance to Health is an Aesop project.
Karen Hamilton is Dance to Health’s Head of Programme. Following a photography degree, she worked on community projects and policy in the voluntary sector for 20 years. She is a strong champion of user-led community development – working with local people on creative solutions to life’s challenges, many using the arts to improve health and wellbeing. Karen’s role unites her voluntary sector skills with her passion for the arts.
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