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.