Aesop Dance to Health programme expands

Dance to Health is an older people’s falls prevention dance programme. The expanded programme will run for two years. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with health/social care and dance partners.

This expansion programme builds on a successful pilot in 2015 and 2016 and an evaluation report published in February 2017.

Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Falls are traumatic for older people and currently cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. Dance to Health aims to be an effective and cost-effective falls prevention programme, offering older people the choice of a dance-based alternative to existing exercise-based programmes. These programmes reduce falls by up to 55%.

The Health/social care Partners are: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Cheshire West & Chester Council, Connected Care Partnership (NHS Vanguard in Sandwell and West Birmingham), NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal British Legion care homes and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

The Dance Partners are all Arts Council-funded dance organisations expert in working with older people: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cheshire Dance, DanceEast, National Dance Company Wales, South East Dance, The Point Arts Centre and Yorkshire Dance.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after another substantial new dance for health partnership pioneered by One Dance UK and the Foundation for Community Dance (read more). 

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