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Dance project aims to get Doncaster dancing!

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) is proud to be part of an exciting new dance project

darts is working with One Dance UK as Doncaster’s delivery partner for the new Dance Activator project.

As part of its Dance in Health & Wellbeing partnership with People Dancing, One Dance UK was successful in receiving Sport England Active Ageing funding for a dance programme to tackle inactivity in areas of Leeds, Bradford and Doncaster over the next three years, working with Yorkshire Dance.

Work has already started in the community – we are starting in Stainforth, visiting groups, meeting people and starting conversations . The aim is to engage women aged 55+ in enjoyable and accessible dance – especially those who do not already take part in physical activity. We are focusing on Stainforth as a starting point and making connections with existing groups of all kinds to find out what people are interested in, and when and where they might like to get involved.

Dance is a fun, motivating and social activity and is proven to improve health and wellbeing, including mental health, fitness levels and helping people feel less socially isolated. We will offer a range of dance styles as well as more creative and contemporary dance. Following taster sessions in January 2018, we will set up regular classes that can continue beyond the life of the project.

If you are interested in getting involved in the project – as a participant, as a dance leader, as a volunteer or as a partner, do get in touch!

Lucy Robertshaw, Assistant Director of darts (Doncaster Community Arts) said:

We are delighted to have been selected to take part in this exciting project. We have a great deal of experience in dance delivery and have seen first hand the benefits that dance can have - especially on people's physical and mental health, and for those with dementia or other long term conditions. This is a brilliant way of making connections in Stainforth and working with our partners in Public Health to really make a difference and to get people moving!

Jan Burkhart, Strategic Lead for the Dance in Health & Wellbeing partnership describes the Dance Activator approach:

The Dance Activator programme is based on well-established community dance models used over the last 40 years within the dance sector, redesigned by applying learning from the Sport England insight and design tools, to meet the Active Ageing agenda. It will also draw on the Dancing in Time model funded by Leeds City Council; a creative contemporary dance intervention that research by Leeds University showed significantly improved levels of moderate physical activity, mental wellbeing, and reduced social isolation in women aged 60 to 85 years. We will take a community-centered approach with older people playing an active part as volunteers, advisors and champions and bringing communities together to reduce social isolation.

You can read the Dancing in Time report here and the research results here.

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