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Rambert brings together arts and healthcare industries to discuss dance in medicine

27 Oct 2017

Rambert Dance for Parkinson’s

 

Perpetual Movement: a Symposium on Dance and Health

Friday 24 November, 9am – 5pm

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

  • Practitioners from the arts and from healthcare invited to share experiences, learning and insight around dance and health
  • Exploring how the dance and healthcare industries can work together to establish dance as a widespread medical intervention

Britain’s national dance company invites arts practitioners and healthcare professionals to a day of workshops, panel discussions and practical sessions, with opportunities to share and discuss experiences, learning and insight around dance in healthcare.

This marks the conclusion of a three-year programme run by Rambert and supported by City Bridge Trust exploring the therapeutic and well-being benefits of dance in a variety of healthcare contexts, from regular dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s or dementia, to working with patients in hospitals and day centres.

The day includes panel discussions, practical sessions, performances and a keynote speech from Dr Daisy Fancourt, Senior Research Associate at University College London and author of new book Arts in Health: Designing and Researching Interventions (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Julia Fitzelle, Head of Learning and Participation:

“I am incredibly excited to create this opportunity for the medical and arts industries to come together and develop the discussion around dance in healthcare. There are enormous physical benefits to be gained from dance, but if we want to progress its use by health practitioners it is vital to hear from both sides of the practice in the same forum.

“At Rambert we provide our Dance in Health programmes at no cost to the participant. We have enjoyed successful partnerships with NHS hospitals in London, but this activity relies on private funding. We would like it to be readily available across the country to anyone that needs it and, with many top UK dance companies offering similar expertise, I believe this symposium will bring us closer to recognising dance as a valuable medical intervention.”

For more information, visit the Rambert website.