Dance Magic Dance

Dance Magic Dance 

The Courtyard is excited to be able to extend its reach and implement a dance strand into the Creative Ageing programme.

This project will seek to encourage creative participation and sharing of experiences, through working with older people using dance based activities as a starting point in nursing, residential and day centre settings.

The Mentoring Model

This allows practitioners to be continually supported and challenged in their practice and engages them in continuing professional development; four fantastic practitioners will mentored throughout the life of this exciting project.

Dance Mentor – Diane Amans

We are thrilled to be working with Diane Amans as project mentor, a dance artist with over thirty five years experience of leading dance activities with diverse community groups both in the UK and Europe. For 15 years until 2006 she was artistic director of Freedom in Dance – a company she founded in order to offer accessible opportunities for people of all ages to participate in dance activities. Her textbooks An Introduction to Community Dance Practice and Age and Dancing: Older People and Community Dance are set books on undergraduate community dance programmes in the UK, Europe and United States.

Training opportunities

Diane Amans will be running a series of training sessions to enable health care professionals, freelance practitioners and carers to gain the skills and knowledge to deliver this type of work with older people and people living with dementia in their community.

Further information can be found here:

Exercise by Stealth 21 September 2016

Adapting Different Dance Forms 7 November 2016

Dance and Celebration 15th March 2017


How to get involved

If you are an organisation that works with older people in a care or residential facility, a day services or community centre or a housing association, then we would like to invite you to take part in this new and exciting project. A 10 week residency will be delivered by one of our fantastic dance practitioners at your facility, sessions are weekly and can be up to 2 hours. This project is fully supported by our funders therefore there is no cost to your organisation, though we ask you to commit time and staff recourses to ensure that both participants and practitioners are fully supported during the sessions.


If you are interested in this project and would like to know more please contact

Josie Rogerson
Adult Participation Officer
Direct Line: 01432 346514


The Creative Ageing programme is kindly supported by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Big Lottery Fund