Circle Dance in Dementia - Birmingham

Mon Oct 30 2023 at 10:30 am to 04:30 pm

Edmund House | Birmingham

Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company
Publisher/HostDementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company
Circle Dance in Dementia - Birmingham
Come and discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss, and learn the skills to provide an activity wit
About this Event
Circle Dance in Dementia - in person training - 30th October 2023, 10.30am - 4.30pm, Birmingham

Come and discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss, and learn the skills to provide an activity with therapeutic benefits for people with dementia.

Circle Dance Training aims to enable staff to provide their own movement and music sessions for their service users. It offers the opportunity for a shared activity with partners, relatives and carers. It can be used in residential and day settings, assessment units, NHS and voluntary organisation groups with older people, people with learning disability, mental health conditions, and physical disabilities. It can be offered at care home social events, and Alzheimer's cafes. The delegate rate includes 20 tracks of specially selected Circle Dance music suitable for standing and seated dance.

Circle Dance in Dementia training aims to:

  • Introduce learners to the history of circle dance and its contemporary use in the field of dementia
  • Allow learners to experience a variety of circle dances
  • Give a basic understanding of how dementia may affect physical and cognitive skills with respect to dance
  • Equip learners with skills in devising basic choreography for circle dance in dementia
  • Explore links with other activities, such as reminiscence, exercise and music
  • Encourage learners to consider the planning, delivery, observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions

By the end of this training day participants will be able to:

  • State the benefits of dance and specifically circle dance, for people with dementia
  • Describe best practice in group facilitation skills for people with dementia
  • Plan and deliver circle dance sessions in their work settings for people with dementia
  • Create new dance steps to music for use in their settings
  • Devise effective ways of using observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions

Course trainer: Liv McLennan

Liv has had a passion for working for people with dementia since her teens, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. After a music degree and time as an army musician, Liv worked for various charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, developing projects mainly based around peer support and groupwork. 

Liv then completed the renowned Certificate in Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmith’s College, and has been self-employed as a community musician, working with different groups. The main areas she specialises in are Early Years, Community Choirs and people with dementia. She works with various organisations, including Westminster Arts, Age Exchange and Alzheimer’s Society delivering music, movement, reminiscence and cross-arts projects. She is also a trainer in these areas and has run training sessions for community musicians and care workers in how to incorporate these techniques into their work. 

Liv plays the cello, highland bagpipes and saxophone, and dabbles in ukulele and kantele! In her spare time, she enjoys Circle Dancing and learning Appalachian Clog Dancing. She is also on the board of trustees for Sound Sense, the Professional Association for Community Musicians.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Edmund House, 12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom


GBP 75.00

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