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Palgrave Macmillan

Age and Dancing

Older People and Community Dance Practice

ISBN 9780230293809
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous 'toolkit materials'. Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners' guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.


DIANE AMANS is the founder of Freedom in Dance, and a leading practitioner and training consultant. She writes regularly for a range of professional publications and is an invited speaker at conferences around the world. Her career has included working in education (schools, FE and Open University), managing dance projects in diverse community settings and continuing professional development in the arts as well as in health and social care.

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword; K.Bartlett
Preface
Introduction; D.Amans
PART I: SOCIETIES AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
Definitions; Diane Amans
Ageing and Society in Britain; S.Houston
Ageing, Creativity and Dance in the United States; P.Vissicaro
Ageing and Society in Other Cultures; D.Amans
What Sort of Dance and Who is Dancing?; D.Amans
Contexts, Partnerships and Funding; D.Amans
The Beauty of Reality: Older Professional Dancers; F.Early
Cross Generational Dance or Just Communities Dancing?; R.Pethybridge
PART II: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
What Happens When We Age?; E.Coleman
Conditions Which May Affect Older People; E.Coleman
Dance and Dementia; D.Amans
Dance and Parkinson's Disease; D.Amans
Duty of Care - Keeping Older Bodies Safe; D.Amans
Continuing Professional Development, Training Opportunities, Gaining Skills and Qualifications; D.Amans
Evaluation; S.Houston
Choreography and Performance with Older People; D.Amans

KEN BARTLETT Creative Director of the Foundation for Community Dance, UK
ELIZABETH COLEMAN Chartered physiotherapist, specialising in devising innovative ways to deliver dance and movement work with older people
FERGUS EARLY Founder and artistic director of Green Candle Dance Company, UK
SARA HOUSTON Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at University of Roehampton, UK
RUTH PETHYBRIDGE Independent Dance Artist, currently working on her PhD at University College, Falmouth, UK
PEGGE VISSICARO Clinical Professor of Dance, Arizona State University, USA

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'As we enter an era of shifting global demographies we need, more than ever, to be exploring the role of the srts in active ageing. In this book, Amans provides practical approaches and theoreticasl underpinning that supports the ongoing development of Community Dance in the 21st Century' - Ruth Spencer, University of Central Lancashire
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