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"THE SOUTH WEST HAS THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF PEOPLE OVER 65 IN ENGLAND AT 19.8% (2011), AND THIS FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 22.8% WITHIN 10 YEARS."
Dance and older people "THE SOUTH WEST HAS THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF PEOPLE OVER 65 IN ENGLAND AT 19.8% (2011), AND THIS FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 22.8% WITHIN 10 YEARS."

Joie de Vivre: Dance for Older People

PDSW is focussing on developing its creative and health work with older people. People aged over 65 make up 20% of the population and this will rise to 26% by 2030. There are more people aged over 85 and 100 than ever before and the number rises year on year. We believe that dance can make a unique contribution to the health and wellbeing of older people. It involves music, creativity, exercise, social interaction and touch - all of which contribute to making a person feel better or happier at the end of a session than they did at the beginning!

In addition, there are an increasing number of professional older dancers who have maintained their fitness levels and love of dance and have the potential to still perform. We were delighted to hear that one of the Company of Elders at Sadler's Wells has just got his first professional contract aged 63! We aim to raise the visibility of practitioners working in this field and to promote a positive image of older dancers (amateur and professional).

In 2013 we mapped activity and produced a leaflet titled Creative Ageing Through Dance to highlight some of the excellent dance programmes being delivered across the South West, and the video below details some of the dance activities available to people across the South West..

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    Joie de Vivre: Past projects

    Dance for older people in the South West

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    Joie de Vivre Dance Film Competition

    A competition to celebrate dance by, with and for older people.

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    Joie de Vivre: Current projects

    Dance for older people in the South West

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Joie de Vivre - Dance with older people (2014) from Pavilion Dance South West on Vimeo.