Dancing can reverse the signs of ageing in the brain

A link to this interesting article dropped into my inbox the other day. Older people and dance is something I have been interested in for a long time. I have taught a variety of different dance genres to older people and saw the positive impact learning and enjoying dance can have on this dance population.

It is good to read about the positive outcomes for older people who are given new challenges in the dance class each week. The constantly changing patterns of steps, movements, arm positions or patterns are thought to account for the difference in balance displayed by the dance group in the study. This certainly reflects my own experience of teaching older people dance. After just a few weeks I often noticed improvements in balance and of course maintaining good balance abilities is good in helping to reduce trips and falls.  As well as improvement to balance I also noticed how much confidence the older people would gain when they could remember and perform their dance sequences or short dances without depending on cues from me, their teacher.

Below are some of the earlier articles that I have written here about older people and dance that you might want to read:

Teaching dance to older people

Dance and older people

When do you become older

Health and social benefits of dance for older people

One of my short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers is Teaching Dance to Older People. You can find out about this course on the Short Online Courses page.

 

 

 

Teaching older people to dance – last day for bookings

SendIf you are considering booking on the Learning and Teaching Dance: Teaching dance to older people Short Online CPD Course for Dance Teachers then today is the last day for bookings. So you still have time if you can get your booking and payment completed today – Monday 25 April 2016.

If you want to pay online please email me your completed booking form and I will send you an invoice with the payment link so you can pay either via Paypal or by card. For a BACS (bank) transfer the details are on the booking form.

I am delighted at the interest in this course and looking forward to exploring this new topic with you, if you are joining me in May.

 

 

Dance and older people

New pathToday older people enjoy a whole range of dance activities. Older adult classes are increasingly available with more dance teachers realising that there are lots of older people who want to dance and be active.

There are differences between teaching say, children’s ballet and teaching ballet to older adults. Equally, with other dance genres such as tap, Jazz dance and the other theatre styles there are adjustments to be made to suit the needs of the people you teach. Social dance genres such as ballroom, Latin, sequence, Salsa and so on have been offering dance classes for older adults for many decades but even these genres need to consider the needs of their participants when choosing appropriate dances and dance content for them.

Another social dance genre that many older adults enjoy is Line dancing and just as with all the other dance genres, it is vital to consider the needs and abilities of those you are teaching when choosing dance content, pace of teaching, tempo of music and so on. Making dance classes for older people inclusive and not exclusive is important to avoid them feeling that they cannot join in. As our older adults getting older, their needs and abilities change and if we respond to these changes by adapting how we teach and the dance content we give them we can help our older dancers to enjoy and get the benefits of dancing for longer.

I like to think about the health and social benefits of teaching dance to older people and we will explore these benefits and much more during my short online CPD course for dance teachers – Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people. The closing date for booking this course is Monday 25 April 2016 and the course begins on Friday 6 May 2016. Don’t forget you can pay online now so easier to pay for your course especially if you are outside of the UK.

Why not join me in exploring this exciting area of dance teaching?

 

Dates for new short online course – teaching dance to older people

Learning and Teaching Dance: teaching dance to older people

Thank you for the interest already shown in my new course. This confirms how teaching dance to older people is becoming more popular in UK and around the world. As a dance teacher you can tap into this area if you are not already. If you are currently teaching older people dance then you may want to explore or review some of the key areas that you should have an understanding of when teaching this amazing population.

This course will be of interest to dance teachers in all dance genres wanting to teach dance to older people. So if you teach, ballet, ballroom, Line dancing, tap, Jazz, swing, modern, Latin, Salsa, national or any other dance genre then take a look at the details of this course below.

Download the information sheet and booking form below:

Short CPD- Learning & Teaching Dance – teaching dance to older people

Booking form

Course cost:

As usual this short online CPD course for dance teachers is only £49 (Sterling). This is terrific value and includes the three, email tutorials with your course tutor.

You can now pay online:

You now have more choices of how to pay for your short online courses. As well as via BACS or Sterling cheque you can pay online with Paypal or credit card. Ask for online payment when booking course and an invoice with the online payment link will be emailed to you.

Course dates:

The course starts on Friday 6 May 2016 and finishes on Thursday 26 May 2016.

Closing date for this course is Monday 25 April 2016.

 

 

Health and social benefits of dance for older people

img_4814.jpgFor many years I have promoted the health and social benefits of leisure dance for older people. Anecdotal evidence from people who have participated in my health promoting dance classes (in various dance genres) firmly supports this. Continue reading