Judith Park, Former Duty CEO for St Luke's Hospice, and Director of Care at St Luke's Clifford House, Sheffield
She discusses what Dancing for Health has done for her clients.
We deliver partner dance therapy programmes primarily to the healthcare industry. Offering partner dancing as a physical and social activity within the premises of hospices, hospitals and community groups. Our partner dance sessions enable clients to learn to dance with a partner of their choice. This can be their own partner, family member or friend, within the safe and familiar setting of their hospice or hospital, and do so alongside a group of other people sharing similar experiences. As for those without partners, we can partner them up with others, a volunteer or member of the dance team. That way, everyone can get involved.
1 to 1 ASSISTED DANCING
Our 1 to 1 sessions are for clients that have more seriuos illness or mobility issues. Such as clients that use walking aids and have felt unable to join the partner dancing classes. We have found that once in dance hold, they have the support of a partner and can do more than they imagined. They have the opportunity to work directly with the instructor and have a 1 to 1 assisted session to develop a bespoke routine specific to the clients needs to enable them to experience partner dancing.
Our seated dancing sessions are currently online. These classes not only support our clients with long term health conditions they also assist the elderly, the disabled and are also helping our local communities tackle social isolation for people suffering with loneliness. Our online seated dancing sessions allows participants to dance in their chairs from the comfort of their own home. Keeping them physically active and socially connected.
It is our vision to assist and help people with many different health issues and to see these physical and social activity programmes rolled out nationwide. We will create sustainable dance intervention therapy programmes, through our endorsed instructor training course.
We do what we do to make a difference, to positively impact the lives of others and to share the joy of dance.
Our classes are for those people who wouldn't normally be able to attend a public dance class. Our aim is to take the class to them, to enable them to safely learn to dance, and to make dance inclusive for everyone. Dance has many health benefits,it is beneficial to both physical and mental well-being.
We were the first company to use partner dancing within a hospice or hospital environment. Our programmes have been designed to complement and run parallel to existing complementary treatments. Our research has provided us with academic data with proven benefits. Our programmes truely enable our participants to dance their way to better health, one step at a time!