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Joie de Vivre: Dance for Older People

PDSW is genuinely excited about the burgeoning field of interest in creative dance and dance for health and wellbeing work with older people. The SW has a greater proportion of over 65s than any other English region and it is appropriate that as a publicly funded organisation we make sure that some of our work meets the demands and potential of this section of society. 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 enjoy performing. We aim to find opportunities to share new dance work created by older dancers on stage and through film, to nurture the skilled dance practitioners working in this field and to promote a positive image of older dancers (amateur and professional) through film and photograph.

In 2016 we updated and republished the leaflet “Creative Ageing”- available to view at the bottom of this page. It highlights a sample of the excellent dance programmes being delivered across the South West, and the video below gives details of some of the dance activities available. Check out the tabs below to find out more about some of our programmes in this field of work.

PDSW has reproduced 14 of its commissioned images of mature dancers as postcards so that we may spread far and wide through the good old postal service. These beautiful and dynamic images taken by photographers Kevin Clifford and Matt Austin. Contact emma@pdsw.org.uk if you would like a copy.

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