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Dance DVD for older people launched

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A London-based dance company has launched a DVD to help encourage older people to take up dancing.

‘Falling About and Moving About’, produced by the Green Candle Dance Company, is based on the company’s latest touring production for older audiences, which centres around the theme of falling.

The DVD also demonstrates two workshops for older people - one for those able to stand up, and one for those who have to remain seated. It includes warm up exercises, stretches and creative movements.

The company – who also work with young people with learning disabilities – has produced a comprehensive guide to go with the DVD, providing background information on the production and guidance on how to lead dance sessions with older people.

‘Everybody has the right to dance, but this is often something older people are deprived of,’ said Fergus Early, Green Candle’s artistic director.

‘We hope the DVD will be used to assist and educate people on leading dance sessions with older audiences, as well as promoting both the social and physical benefits dance can have,’ he added.

The company will be performing the production, and conducting workshops, at day centres, hospitals, and in sheltered housing across the country.

Any nurses interested in receiving a copy of the DVD should email Suzanne@greencandledance.com

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