About Dance for Health
Dance for Health is an initiative of Dance Nova Scotia, promoting the role of dance in a healthy lifestyle. Currently, Dance for Health focuses on issues specific to older adults. Through specialized workshops and partnerships, we continue to build more opportunities for adults and seniors to enjoy the many benefits of dance.
After an extensive consultation process with dance teachers across the province, the program was launched in May 2015. The initial workshop focused on topics and concerns aimed at teachers who want to teach dance to seniors. Since then we have conducted many workshops helping dance teachers and those working with senior populations. The aim continues to be about building foundations for further exploration of topics of interest regarding seniors and dance. In our continuing efforts to expand this program and the content of the material we deliver, Dance Nova Scotia has been developing relationships with organizations such as The National Ballet School and the Dance for PD program developed by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance Company. The goal is to expand opportunities for seniors within their community to access dance classes and programs. This is one of the ways Dance for Health: Seniors continues to maintain a proactive focus on dance's role in issues related to the health and well-being of older adults and seniors.
Recent partnerships include working with Northwood Seniors Facility. Their recreation staff helped develop our first Practicum for those who want to experience sharing dance and movement with mobility and cognitively-challenged individuals in an actual class of senior. participants.
Dance Nova Scotia is also proud of our ongoing partnership with the Halifax Public Libraries. The goal of this partnership is to bring dance activity and opportunities into the library system through the province. Starting in the fall of 2019, we will be rolling out TANGO TO BALANCE in specific branches of the Halifax Public Libraries, which will incorporate tango to address issues of balance and injury prevention through free classes for adults and seniors.
With the help of these ongoing partnerships, we are continuing the reach and scale of our Dance for Health programming.