Moving into Maturity

A two day introductory professional development workshop:
Leading Dance with Older People and Dance and Dementia

12th & 13th April 2016










NEW for 2016 Green Candle Dance Company are pleased to announce the addition of a second day to the successful Moving into Maturity course for those interested in dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is a specially designed introductory professional development course for people who are working or intending to work with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students – this course will introduce you to some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia. Attendees are welcome to take part in the two days or join us for one of the days – depending on their interests.

Both days will include the unique opportunity to share in the knowledge and experience of participants that regularly take part in dance activities with Green Candle – the Green Candle Senior Dancers on day one, and the participants of Remember to Dance programme for people with early- to mid-stage dementia and their companions and carers on day two. This session will be accompanied by live music.

When: 12 and 13 April 2016, 10am-4.30pm
Where: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Fees: One day – £70 / £50 concession; Two days – £110 / £85 concession (students, unemployed, 60+)


Day one: Leading Dance with Older People
Tuesday 12 April 2016

Led by Fergus Early, participants will take part in practical sessions for older people as delivered by Green Candle (standing and seated), including warm ups, stretching, a choreographed sequence and cool downs. A wide range of discussion about ageing and the empowerment of older people will be facilitated. Areas covered on day one will include:

  • establishing the valuable contribution to society of older people and the value of dance to older people
  • acquainting participants with the structure and content of sessions for both active and more frail older people as practised by Green Candle
  • an opportunity for participants to share their own knowledge and experience of working with older people


Day two: Dance and Dementia
Wednesday 13 April 2016

The special addition of our second day will address Dementia Awareness led by experts from East London NHS Foundation Trust – an Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia care and a Community Mental Health Nurse. In addition Fergus Early, will focus on the specific application of dance sessions for people living with dementia and will include a short session with some participants of Green Candle’s Remember to Dance programme. Areas covered on day two will include:

  • the different forms and variables of dementia, how they are presented and their symptoms
  • ways of communicating with people with dementia to create a positive relationship between you and the participant
  • practical examples of the positive impact of Remember to Dance as evidenced in the Sidney De Haan research study
  • the benefits of dance activities that go beyond pleasant recreation


To find out further details and book a place contact:
Community and Education Manager, Vicki Busfield:, Tel: 0207 739 7722

Moving into Maturity is an excellent introduction to Green Candle’s Diploma Course ‘Leading Dance with Older People’ accredited at Level 3 and running for 6 weekends between September 2016 – March 2017