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Dance On

A dance programme to tackle inactivity among older adults, delivered by a partnership of One Dance UK, Yorkshire Dance and darts (Doncaster Community Arts)

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About Dance On

Dance On is an exciting project is for over 55s bringing citywide dance programmes to Bradford, Leeds and Doncaster.

Sessions combine great music and dance with exercises to improve balance, memory and coordination with the goal to also improve confidence, have fun and meet new people. We also hold social events, and will be involved in the upcoming Ageless Festival at Yorkshire Dance, so there is something for everyone.

All are welcome and we cater for all levels and experience: offering seated and standing alternatives in each Dance On session.

To find out where your nearest class is here.

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Dance Development Artists with a specialism in working with older people will build links to communities and work with Health and Social Care partners to reach out and engage older people who may be socially isolated or inactive. The aim is to create a programme that is sustainable in the long term with participants contributing to cost and volunteer support.

Dance On is funded by Sport England and One Dance UK is working with regional partner Yorkshire Dance and local delivery partner darts (Doncaster Community Arts) to establish at least 30 new dance groups in disadvantaged areas over the next two years.

The University of Leeds will carry out detailed research on the programme to build on existing evidence, which shows that dancing can improve mobility, prevent falls and enhance mental wellbeing and brain function. The Dance On programme can potentially make cost savings for Health and Social Care, which will be investigated through a Health Economics study.

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