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DanceStrong: Dance-based Rehabilitation for people with Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Keir Philip

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB) is a serious, potentially fatal, condition that is difficult to treat, requiring extended treatment with often toxic medications. MDR TB effects people physically through damage to organs such as the lungs. It causes weight loss and muscle waisting and effects people socially due to stigma and isolation. Subsequently it effects people psychologically leading to low mood and depression. 
This project conducted with inpatients in South Africa, used dance in the acute hospital setting as a truly assists based, holistic approach to rehabilitation.

Popping For Parkinsons

Simone Sistarelli

The project, created by Simone, consists in Popping technique dance classes for younger people with Parkinson's.

After an extensive research on Parkinson's, dance therapy, music therapy and teaching techniques, Simone developed a Popping class made specifically for people with Parkinson's.
Since there is still no cure for Parkinson's, a key point of this project is making students feel more comfortable with themselves, ultimately aiming at a better quality of life.
The first official Popping for Parkinson's class was back in July 2015 in Wimbledon with the South London Younger Parkinson's Network. Thanks to SLYPN, Simone's dream became reality.
Since then, he taught classes all over the UK.

For a film on the project see: https://vimeo.com/146412099


Website: www.poppingforparkinsons.com

NEW UNITY BODY & MIND
EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENT GROUP
PERFORMANCE FOR PATIENTS

Charlie Lee George

New Unity Body & Mind : Pragmatic physical tools from hatha yoga, midnfulness, mediation and breathwork to support better physical and mental wellbeing:  

https://luminitsa.weebly.com/new-unity-body--mind.html

Expressive Movement Group for Patients was piloted sucessfully on the RNRU (regional neurological rehabilitation unit) at Homerton University Hospital. Patients co-create their own playlist and are facilitated in moving with their abilities and desires finding joy and remembrance of their body outside of ill health and treatment. 


Performance for Patients (and families) - programmed short extracts of professional dance performance and live music delivered to wards for patients on long durational hospital stays.

Barnet Bopping

Guddi Singh

Barnet Bopping brings dance to the inpatient paediatric ward setting. For more information see this article from the Guardian newspaper where there is also a link to film on the project https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/nov/03/working-nhs-miserable-dance-ward-hip-hop

Hip-Op-Habilitation

Keir Philip

Hip fractures (proximal femoral fracture) is a common and very serious condition in older people following falls, with wide ranging biopsychosocial impacts. 
This project uses personalised collaborative dance sessions based on the older persons music and dance preferences to both make their time in hospital more enjoyable and aid rehabilitation through a holistic assets based approach.

SIGHT SPECIFIC

Nathan Geering

SIGHT SPECIFIC Project Umbrella


For the past 2 and a half years my company have been researching into the unlikely link between hiphop and visual impairment. Our early studies have shown that breakdance seems to be the most visible dance form to people with visual impairment. Our current research aims to investigate the unlikely link between breakdance and visual impairment further by conducting fMRI scans on people with visual impairment by studying brain activity when they watch dance forms such as breakdance, ballet and contemporary dance. The purpose is to identify which movements are most visible to people with visual impairment and will go on to inform choreographers what movements to include in choreography to heighten accessibility within dance and theatre.

Article on scientific research:

https://creators.vice.com/en_uk/article/visual-impairment-breakdancing-provides-possibility-sight

Improving spatial awareness

My company have been teaching children with visual impairment breakdance as a means of injury prevention and to improve spatial awareness. The results have been so profound that after only 2 sessions visually impaired children were doing handstands and front somersaults into foam pits. Heightened confidence and increased ability to navigate spaces safely were all recorded. The further implications of this are now being explored as to how such techniques can be transferred into public and work settings. The significant impact of this research suggests that Breakdance could be a valuable life skill for people with visual impairment.


Television interview on teaching kids with visual impairment breakdance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B-DeuNotJQ

The Rationale Method of Audio Description

Nathan's company has reinvented audio description utilising the skills of a beatboxer to create a richer soundscape for the visually impaired listener. This unique method of audio description   works by getting people with visual impairment to physicalise individual sounds a beatboxer creates. Relationships between certain movements are then identified which correspond to certain sounds. This results in a far more efficient and accurate form of audio description that can stimulate the listener's imagination in ways that conventional audio description cannot. From this, Nathan is making a new language similar to Laban Notation to both help audio describers make notes on shows they are working on and to enable people with visual impairment to choreograph through sound effects. 

TED Talk Style performance on the company's researching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFMJ7gPTznI

ACTs of Creativity

Nathan Geering

ACTs of Creativity 

Nathan has collaborated with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to use hiphop dance forms to treat depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. He has developed a programme that enables the delivery of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) combined with Hiphop dance to enable people to put into practice strategies that modify their behavioural responses to certain situations that would normally result in high levels of aggression and inflexibility. 

This is an evidence based programme which targets young people who are in need of CBT but do not meet theCAMHS threshold. It encourages young people to develop strategies to help deal with emotional regulation and disstress tolerance. Therefore reducing instances of school exclusions, family breakdowns and criminal activity. 

There is a huge gap in services for young people who are in need of therapeutic intervention however they may either not meet the referral criteria for CAMHS services or they are not engaging in the therapy which is available due to the clinical aspects and their experiences of CAMHS involvement. This programme fulfils the need to prevent young people entering CAMHS services and tackles the mental health, emotional and behavioural issues at an earlier stage in order to support young people reaching their full potential without the need for more specialist support. 

Krump For Parkinsons

Arun Nadarasa

Dance for PD adapted with Krump dance moves repertoire with no Krump music and only with music recommended in the official website. More information to follow.

Move Dance Feel

Emily Jenkins

An innovative dance project helping women affected by cancer to reconnect with their bodies and access group support.

Emily created Move Dance Feel in 2016 and is now working in partnership with three leading cancer support organisations across London; Bromley by Bow Centre with Macmillan Social Prescribing, Maggie’s Barts and Paul’s Cancer Support Centre.

The project offers free, weekly dance sessions centred around artistic practice, where women come together to dance instead of talk about their cancer experience.

“Move Dance Feel has provided a wonderful outlet for self expression and creativity, which I have found to be very healing.” - participant

Research has revealed significant benefits of dance in this context, helping participants to feel more positive, confident, active and able.

Physical expression and creative exchange gives rise to strong social relationships, which helps participants manage challenges and reduces feelings of isolation and anxiety.

Evidence shows that Move Dance Feel achieves greater wellbeing, and project researchers are further exploring how dance may combat specific negative side effects of cancer and treatment.

“When you have cancer, you lose touch with your body. It becomes unfamiliar - even worse, it starts to feel as if it is an enemy. For me, dancing started to bring me back to my own body and its energy, strength and basic joyfulness.” - participant

In January 2018 an article about Move Dance Feel was published by People Dancing: Animated Magazine which you can read HERE. People Dancing is the UK’s development organisation for Community Dance.

Follow Move Dance Feel on twitter and visit the facebook page for session times, dates and locations.