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The Dance Health Alliance focuses on the aesthetic movement of dance, asking participants to approach movement as dancers rather than as patients. Every class and playlist is unique and draws from various dance styles in order to personalise classes based on dancers specific needs and requirements. This inspires healing that is fun, energetic and transformative.
The Dance Health Alliance was born in Australia as a result of connection and inspiration from Andrew Greenwood. And Gwen Korebrits. Andrew in a Ballet Master from Europe has dedicated a large part of his work to Dancer’s health (injury prevention & rehabilitation) offering guidance to enhance dancers personal well being, physically and mentally. This provided the foundations of knowledge and assisted Andrew to create an inspiring programme known as Dance For Health, he discovered that dance and dancers need health but health also needs dance. Andrew is Co-Founder with Gwen Korebrits of the Dance Health Alliance. The programmes were launched in Australia in 2015 at the Sydney Dance Company and the DHA was officially registered in Australia as a Not for Profit Organisation with Charitable purposes in February 2016.
Dance is inclusive – there no targets, and no failures.
Dance has many positive social aspects that help to overcome feelings of social isolation and depression.
Dance is a good source of aerobic exercise and a well-designed dance session can also provide low-level resistance exercise.
Dance has physical health benefits including improvements in balance, strength and gait, which help reduce the risk of falls.
Dance has been shown to be beneficial in the direct treatment of a number of conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and depression.
Taking part in dancing has been shown to reduce the chances of getting dementia by 76%.
Taking part in dance also improves the mental health of older people including reaction times and cognitive performance.
- Aerobic exercise
- Muscle endurance and strength of the lower and upper extremities
- Flexibility of the lower and upper extremities
- Static balance
- Dynamic balance and agility
- Improve gait speed.
- Reduces anxiety, isolation and the incidence of falls
- Reinvigorates individuals and environments
- Creates an atmosphere of fun and builds social connections
DanceWise is specifically for older people, targeting Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. It can also be run as a lifestyle class for retirees, reducing the risk of dementia by keeping active physically, mentally and socially.
DanceWise programmes are run through Care Homes and Care Organisations, Hospitals, and Lifestyle Villages.
DanceWell is a community class inviting people with all types of movement restrictions. The class starts seated then can progress to standing behind the chairs. Options are always given to people who chose to remain seated. Originally the DanceWell programme was developed for people living with Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis. The playlists are eclectic and varies from class to class.
DanceWell programmes are run through local community venues and disease-specific organisations.