Green Candles Moving into Maturity training day in leading dance with older people was a successful day with fun had by all! The day gave participants the opportunity to discuss and put into practise a wide variety of topics for those wishing to bring movement into the lives of older people.
It was a productive day with participants gaining an insight into working with active and frail older adults, the barriers and misconceptions of ageism in society, the relevance of dance in the older generation and those living with dementia as well as providing participants with the chance to physically explore the sensory benefits of using props and an understanding of the structure and content of both seated and standing dance classes.
The group were fortunate enough to be joined by members of Green Candles Senior Dancers in the afternoon which was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring experience for all who attended, especially as they had the opportunity to choreograph with the GC senior dancers gaining hands on practice with those in the know!
One participant commented that she ‘had a really great time with everyone and enjoyed working with the seniors tremendously.’
Another felt ‘It made making my own form of workshops more obtainable whereas before it seemed something I just wouldn’t be able to do on my own. Inspiring!’
The day left everybody with a sense of empowerment in their own ability and a deeper appreciation of what dance can do for older people and as one participant put it, it provided them with ‘a ‘toolkit’ with which to get started!’
If you missed out don’t worry Green Candle Dance Company will be running a Level 3 Diploma in leading dance with older people accredited by Open College Network London Region, so keep your eyes peeled, we will be posting updates on our website and Facebook page soon.
For the full album from the day please follow the link to our Facebook page.