“Art makes you think. Art gives you pleasure. Creating art is an opportunity to understand and satisfy yourself and be well.” Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, Programme Director for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, SNEHA, Mumbai

1Q Dance and Health Practice

Dr Richard B Coaten

'Moving the in-between' dance in dementia and parkinson's - similarities and differences

Increasing numbers of people throughout the world are experiencing the effects of neuro-degenerative conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, while a high percentage of those with Parkinson’s go on to develop dementia. The dance world has been pioneering work in both fields for years, yet separately. Now is the time for more collaboration and dialogue between dancers and dance movement psychotherapists working in both fields. This should offer significant benefits including; a greater emergence of diversity in artistic approach: understanding of the similarities and differences of work in both fields, while raising its profile together with more focused research and development.


Danielle Teale

'Moving the in-between' - The value of artistry in dance and heath practice

An increased focus on health outcomes in dance has led to the development of strong evidence based, health specific programmes such as dance for Parkinson's and Dementia. This specificity brings credibility and clarity, however, there is a risk that artistry takes a back seat in favour of health rationale when we are required to evidence good practice using health outcomes. This presentation looks at the need to preserve the integrity of the dance artist and support practitioners to understand what is at the core of their artistry - this is fundamental to ensuring the quality of dance art and nurturing diversity.


Rebecca Seymour

Dance: a way to well-being; managing medical conditions in later life

What is it about the transforming power of dance and its relationship to music that makes so many people feel motivated, up- lifted and happier after dancing? Using examples of personal accounts from those who participate in the programmes I offer, I will demonstrate how valuable it is, as a dance teacher, to be genuinely engaged with a real relationship between myself and the participants in order to truly give them the opportunity to experience personal transformations. Examples will include Dance sessions with older patients in hospital, people living with Dementia, those managing Parkinson’s disease and dancers over 60.


Lian Wilson

To present and debate the value to public health of developing individual and collective creative embodied intelligence in our society.

This presentation aims to contribute to the enquiry and discussion around the benefits of creativity and health. In particular reviewing how a Tamalpa Life Art practice sits alongside creative therapies and aesthetic art practices. We live in and through our bodies, often it is not until they start to fail us or become dis-eased that we start to pay attention to what our body is trying to communicate. What benefits are there to overall health to have a developed physical, emotional and mental awareness? How can we support and communicate with each other in a healthy way in challenging times?