Dance To Health
A pioneering older people's fall prevention dance programme combining evidence based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Dance To Health has helped hundreds of older people remain active and independent across the country and is now available to Norfolk residents free of charge.
Active Norfolk has partnered with DanceEast, NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group and Norfolk County Council to assist Aesop, in delivering Dance to Health activity session across Norfolk. This provides elderly people, who may be at risk of sustaining injury through falling, with a chance to become more active at regular organised sessions.
After numerous successes in other areas of the country, Dance to Health received significant expansion funding to ensure the programme will run for two years from November 2017 and involve over 800 older people and 800 volunteers.
In Norfolk there are a number of sessions taking place across the county which are free to attend for older people who may benefit from the social interaction, falls prevention techniques and physical activity provided. Each session will be coordinated by a professional dance artist to ensure each participant will get the most out each session.
‘‘Falls and their associated after effects are a significant issue for Norfolk’s older population and their support service providers. Participation in regular physical activity can help to prevent falls from happening, so we are really pleased to have Dance to Health in our county, which will provide an exciting adapted approach to fall prevention work. We are hoping that the programme will prove to be a popular tool in engaging older people into sustained physical activity."
Ryan Hughes, Physical Activity Project Officer at Active Norfolk
‘‘We are delighted to bring Dance to Health to Norfolk in 2018. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with DanceEast, reaching a larger number of people through our collaboration with Active Norfolk, NHS Norwich CCG and Norfolk County Council. We look forward to how the dance sessions will be shaped by older people in the community to give the sessions a genuine local identity."
Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop
‘‘We are really pleased to be the regional delivery partner for Dance to Health and excited to be able to offer these new classes to older people in Norfolk. Dance to Health complements our existing provision for older people and supports our belief that dance has the power to change lives. We look forward to bringing great dance, good health and a good time to the participants."
Lucy Bayliss, Head of Creative Programmes at DanceEast