2016-2017 Diploma Picture

Level 3 OCNLR Accredited Course comprising of 13 units over six intensive study weekends.
Green Candle Dance Company is a recognised Centre for the Open College Network London Region

This course will provide an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people. This course will provide a balance between three main areas – theory, dance and movement work by participants and actual practice with older people.

The course is divided into six complete intensive study weekends and will also require a minimum of ten hours per week private study. Tutorial support will also be available.

Participants will be required to complete a detailed placement portfolio.

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the basic practical requirements for running a dance session
  • apply relevant anatomical and physiological information – both general and with specific reference to ageing
  • understand some of the psychological effects of ageing and have positive strategies for dealing with these
  • demonstrate the ability to structure dance sessions
  • define the physical imperatives – flexibility, dexterity, strength and cardiovascular fitness – and be able to use various safe and effective approaches to achieving them
  • use various paths to creativity in older people’s dancing
  • use with confidence different choreographic approaches
  • use appropriate music for dance sessions
  • select music for choreographic purposes
  • identify the different broad categories older people fall into – active elderly, people with age-related conditions, people with dementia etc. – and be able to demonstrate appropriate strategies for them
  • apply different teaching and learning strategies

 ‘… inspiring and intensive, the course leaders offered us a huge wealth of experience and wisdom…
we came out fully equipped to lead dance sessions for older people.’
Course participant 2014-15

Course fees £1100 which includes registration and certification. All course materials are provided free. Small props may be purchased from Green Candle at a course participant discount.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016.

Course dates 2016 – 2017:    
October 22nd and 23rd 2016
November 26th and 27th 2016
January 7th and 8th 2017
February 11th and 12th 2017
March 11th and 12th 2017
April 22nd and 23rd 2017


Contact for an application form.
Limited places available



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