Bringing Dance to 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