Bringing Dance to People with Dementia

Presented by Dance for Connection
Bridges by Epoch, Westwood 140 University Ave, Westwood, MA
May 5 — 9:00 am - 5:30 pmMay 6 — 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
$195 by March 20, $225 after March 20
Donna Newman-Bluestein
Improvisational dance / Expressive movement
Who is this class for?
Suggested Attire
Clothes comfortable to move in, and attractive for people with dementia.

15 hour training at an Assisted Living in Westwood, MA to help dancers, dance educators, dance/movement therapists feel more confident to lead a dance/expressive movement program for people with memory loss.

This training provides theoretical and practical skills for anyone interested in bringing dance to people with neurocognitive challenges. The training is experiential and interactional and includes 2 one-hour groups dancing with people with dementia. The course introduces issues of aging, dementia and dementia care, the use of self, the role of mirroring, kinesthetic empathy, group dynamics, and the essential elements for creating and adapting dance and expressive movement structures for this population using music and props.

Dance for Connection’s goal is to provide more opportunities where people with dementia can actively engage, inspire and uplift one another through dance in a supportive social-emotional environment.

Approved for 15 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure