Virtual Dance Community

 

Dance for Older Adults Online

Whilst Cheshire Dance is no longer delivering classes in studios, halls, schools and other venues, we are determined to keep our older participants moving.

Whilst some sessions have moved online to be delivered in a live, interactive virtual enviroment, Cheshire Dance understands that some participants prefer to dance at their leisure rather than at an agreed time. For this reason, we have created a selection of pre-recorded dance activities that have been designed specifically for older adults to follow in their homes, along with any other members of their household - we encourage everyone to dance! These videos can be found here.

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Pre-Recorded Older Adults' Dance Activities

These videos have been created by the Cheshire Dance artists who work regularly with groups of older adults across Cheshire. Before you start please make sure you have read and agreed to the Health and Safety guidance for dancing at home. Please note, Cheshire Dance insurance does not cover you for accidents in your own home.

 

How it works:


Our artists are missing you and you might be missing them, so we’ve labelled each of the videos with the name of the artist so that you can choose to do activities led by your regular teacher if you wish. Of course, you’re free to explore all of the videos and meet some new artists, or re-find some of those who might have taught your classes in the past!


In the text below each video you’ll find a description of the activity and notes on who it will be suitable for. Some activities are particularly aimed at those who need to be seated and some activities for those who are confident standing and moving in space.

We’ve grouped the videos into ‘Warm Ups’, ‘Creative Tasks’, ‘Dance to Health’ and ‘Cool Downs’. You might just have 10 minutes and fancy doing one activity to get you moving, or you might have time to do several activities and get those creative juices flowing. We wanted to create something that would be flexible enough to fit into your day and your mood!

We suggest always starting with a warm up activity or two. (So, if you are only going to do one activity then we suggest you do one of the Warm Ups.) Warm ups prepare your body and mind for dancing and are important in preventing injuries.

Once you’re feeling warmed up and ready to go then pick a creative task to get stuck in to – some are about learning dances and others are about exploring ways of moving. You might want to repeat the creative task a few times and/or do more than one creative task.

Dance to Health* tasks have been specially created by artists who teach our Dance to Health sessions in Cheshire East. They are specifically aimed at developing strength, balance, endurance and flexibility through dance to prevent falls. If you’re already a member of one of our Dance to Health groups then these will all be familiar to you. If you’re not then you could give them a go. Make sure you have done a warm up first, only choose activities that are safe and comfortable for your ability and follow the guidance carefully.

Before you finish we suggest doing a cool down – this will help your breathing to settle and give you a chance to stretch out the muscles and calm everything down before you carry on with your day. Cool downs also help to prevent you feeling to stiff or sore the following day!

We’re not able to fully recreate the live, group class experience online, but we hope these videos inspire you to stay curious, to keep active and keep dancing at home!

We’d love to see videos of you dancing at home – why not share them with us at this email or by contacting us via Facebook.

Would you be interested in taking part in a live dance class on Zoom especially for older adults? Register your interest here.

 

Please note: Cheshire Dance insurance does not cover you for accidents in your own home. Please read and adhere to the Cheshire Dance Health & Safety Terms and Conditions before taking part in our pre-recorded activities.

 


 

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* Dance to Health is a nationwide pioneering community dance programme for older people. It combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy of dance. Dance to Health was devised and is managed by Aesop, a social enterprise and charity. For more information on Dance to Health, please visit http://www.dancetohealth.org.

 


 

 

Warm Up Activities For Older Adults

 

More videos for OLDER ADULTS can be found here.

 

Creative Tasks For Older Adults

 

More videos for OLDER ADULTS can be found here.

 

Dance To Health For Older Adults

 

More videos for OLDER ADULTS can be found here.

 

Cool Down Activities For Older Adults

 

More videos for OLDER ADULTS can be found here.

 

A Note For Families and Carers: For some older adults we know that families and carers play a key role in the dancing experience – especially for those who may be living with dementia or in care homes. If you are a family member or care worker and would like any additional support or have any questions about how to best support an activity with someone who you are caring for then please get in touch at hello@cheshiredance.org.

 

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Staying Safe Whilst Dancing at Home

Dancing in your own home means that YOU are responsible for your own Health and Safety and you are NOT covered by Cheshire Dance insurance. With this in mind, please read - and adhere to our guidance before following our pre-recorded activities.

Cheshire Dance insurance does not cover you for accidents in your own home and staying safe is YOUR responsibility. Read the Cheshire Dance Online Classes Terms and Conditions here.

 

 


 

Online Live & Interactive Classes for Older Adults

 

Live Well Dance Online

Cheshire Dance invites older adults to keep healthy, keep active, keep social and keep dancing with its virtual community.

A gentle seated dance and movement class (which is also suitable for people with dementia and their family/carers), this session takes place via Zoom, allowing participants to dance and interact with others in real time, TOGETHER!

Join our socially distanced online class and take part from the comfort of your own home every Monday at 11am.
Cost per session only £4.50. Book your space now.

(Starts 8th June until further notice).

 

 

Keep on Dancing Online


Cheshire Dance invites active older adults to keep healthy, keep active, keep social and keep dancing with its virtual community.

An energetic dance class for active older ladies and gents who feel confident standing and moving without support, this session takes place via Zoom allowing participants to dance and interact with others in real time, TOGETHER!

Join our socially distanced online class and take part from the comfort of your own home every Friday at 10.30am.

Cost per session only £4.50. Book your space now.

(Starts 5th June until further notice).

  

 


 

Support Cheshire Dance

Text CHES001 to 70970 to donate £5 to support the freelance dance artists that are helping us to make this possible. Or, click here to "Donate As You Feel to Cheshire Dance".

 

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"We don't have to be in the same room to dance. We can dance anywhere and online classes let us enjoy dancing together - no matter where we are!"

 




NB: Due to the Coronavirus, Cheshire Dance has closed its office doors until further notice. To get in touch with the Virtual Cheshire Dance team, please email: hello@cheshiredance.org.

 

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Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, lead dance provider across Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Boroughs and works extensively in partnership with arts, public and voluntary sector organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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