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Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being: Guidance and Resources

Burkhardt, Jan, and Jo Rhodes. “Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being: Guidance and Resources for Commissioners.” Accessed January 2, 2017. http://www.ahsw.org.uk/resources.aspx?id=711.

“This guidance document has been developed in response to the ongoing government commitment to improve public health and wellbeing and to support the health and dance sectors to work effectively in partnership.

Dance is a form of cultural expression that is uniquely placed to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes. Given the wide acceptance of the importance of being active focus is now being put on how to engage the population in physical activity. Data has shown dance to be a popular form of physical activity with over five million participants representing ten percent of the UK population. Surveys have shown dance is second only to football as the most popular activity among children and young people.”

DOCUMENT PDF: breathe-commissioning-dance-for-health-wellbeing-guide-for-commissioners-by-jan-burkhardt-2012

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Foundation for Community Dance

Foundation for Community Dance is the professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

“Foundation for Community Dance.” Accessed January 2, 2017. http://www.ahsw.org.uk/resources.aspx?id=1216.

We believe that dance can transform the lives of individuals and communities. Our vision is for a world where dance is part of everyone’s life, our mission to make engagement with dance important to individuals, communities and society. The Foundation works with, and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community and participatory dance. Our membership reaches in excess of 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

FCD’s leadership of the community dance network provides a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning, exposure to diverse dance practices, new contacts, and expands professional horizons, your profile and professional identity. It is an invaluable resource for anyone working in community dance, and creating opportunities for people to participate in dance.

In addition to a wide range of membership and professional services we organise our strategic development and advocacy work into five programmes:

More information:
http://www.communitydance.org.uk/about-community-dance.html

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Dance Science Research Project

The effects of an eight-week creative dance programme on the physiological and psychological status of 11-14 year old adolescents: An experimental study

Edel Quin, Emma Redding and Lucy Frazer

Rationale for Research
Dance is known to provide a means of expression and communication; ‘Creating dance provides people with the opportunity to make individual responses to their world’ and ‘…because of its expressive and creative nature [dance] stands apart from
other physical activities.’
As such dance is acknowledged as being instrumental in developing young people’s creative and artistic, personal and social skills. Moreover,
as a physical activity, dance may also impact positively on fitness, health and wellbeing.
Much research in sport suggests that physical activity can have a positive effect on physical fitness and general psychological well-being.
For example, studies have shown that physical activity increases lung function, flexibility, and aerobic capacity.
In addition, various psychological benefits, such as self-esteem, have also been enhanced. It is interesting to note that in general, adolescent females’ involvement in physical activity is less that that of adolescent males. Furthermore female involvement decreases from adolescence onwards.
As a result of the recent UK government level health initiatives to encourage more children to participate in physical activities, dance is increasingly on the agenda as a way of enhancing physical and psychological wellbeing. While the benefits of sports activities are well documented, the potential benefits of dance in this regard are less
well known. Although dance educators are aware of these possible benefits, much of this knowledge is anecdotal rather than evidence based. There is, therefore, an increasing demand from dance providers for evidence relating to the potential physiological and/or psychological benefits of dance. This study intended to provide some such evidence, in relation to creative dance

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Dance 4 Your Life

Dance enhances self esteem.

London based dance conservatoire, Laban, and the North Kent Local Authorities Partnership have announced the findings of their recent participatory research project dance 4 your life, examining the physical and psychological impact of dance on 14 year old girls, to include a significant improvement in levels of self esteem. Other results from the study, which took place in five schools in North Kent, included an increase in physical health and motivational levels.

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ACTIVATE (Case Studies)
Dance Generations Project provided dance activities for 265 people in residential care homes, day care centres, special schools and pre-schools.

Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being: Guidance and Resources for Commissioners By Jan Burkhardt and Jo Rhodes (Toolkits and Guides)
This guidance document has been developed in response to the ongoing government commitment to improve public health and wellbeing and to support the health and dance sectors to work effectively …

Dance and Parkinson’s Disease (Reports)
Dance and Parkinson’s Disease: Training and C.P.D. with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York

Dance mapping: a window on dance (Reports)
A report produced by the Arts Council of England.

CREATING WELLBEING THROUGH MOVEMENT AND DANCE: CONFERENCE REPORT (Reports)
This document, as well as reporting on the recent Dance 4 Advance Conference, explores some of the issues and ways forward for dance in promoting healthy individuals and communities.

Dance and Health. The benefits for people of all ages (Reports)
“Arts Council document produced in partnership with the Department of Health and the DCMS. This folder outlines the health benefits of dance and provides examples of dance projects

Association for Dance Movement Therapy UK (Resources Organisations)
ADMP UK aims to develop communication amongst dance movement therapists and promote its use throughout the United Kingdom in accordance with the highest professional standards.

Attik Dance (Resources Organisations)
Attik use dance as a tool to inspire people, bring topics to life, increase community engagement and improve well-being.

The Community Arts Therapies (CAT) Project (Resources Organisations)
The CAT Project has set up Art therapy, Dance/Movement therapy, Drama therapy and Music therapy projects in studio locations in the Bath and North East Somerset community.

Dance and Dementia (Resources Organisations)
Dance and Dementia is an organisation aimed at increasing wellbeing by providing opportunities for people affected by dementia…

Dance South West (Resources Organisations)
A consortium of dance agencies working together to encourage more people to make, watch and take part in dance in the South West.

One Step Forward Dance and Mental Health Programme Impact Report (Reports)
One Step Forward. An impact review of Mean Feet’s dance and mental health project in Somerset 2013.

Dance and Movement Sessions for Older People (Media and Publications)
A Handbook for Activity Coordinators and Carers by Delia Silvester with Susan Frampton

Butoh (Media and Publications)
Following her recent Japan trip, AHSW Director, Alex Coulter, reflects on older people and this traditional Japanese dance form.

Foundation for Community Dance (Resources Organisations)
Foundation for Community Dance is the professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

Butoh (Resources)
Following her recent Japan trip, AHSW Director, Alex Coulter, reflects on older people and this traditional Japanese dance form.

One Step Forward (Case Studies)
Somerset Dance and Mental Health programme aimed at supporting recovery, resilience and self-management for people with mental health needs.

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