Circle Dance in Dementia - Midlands, Ibis Styles Hotel, Thursday, 15. October 2020

Come and discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss, and learn the skills to provide an activity with therapeutic benefits for people with dementia.
Circle Dance Training Aims:

To provide the practicalities and skills to set up and run circle dance sessions
To familiarise learners with the dance formats - both standing and seated - and music used for circle dance
To be aware of understanding how dementia feels 
To learn how circle dance can enhance reminiscence work, relationships, and link to a range of cultures
To provide ways of monitoring dance sessions
To demonstrate that circle dance can provide outer enjoyment and inner well-being

By the end of this training day participants will be able to:

Plan and provide circle dance sessions for people living with dementia (and their carers)
Enhance users' well-being by providing them with an activity which encourages connection with others
Recognise the scope for linking with reminiscence and cultural engagement 
Reflect upon the importance of group-work skills, use of music, observation and monitoring, sharing of project work within the workplace,
Demonstrate their understanding of legalities of using recorded music in care settings

Course trainer: Liv McLennan
Liv has had a passion for working for people with dementia since her teens, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. After a music degree and time as an army musician, Liv worked for various charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, developing projects mainly based around peer support and groupwork. 
Liv then completed the renowned Certificate in Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmith’s College, and has been self-employed as a community musician, working with different groups. The main areas she specialises in are Early Years, Community Choirs and people with dementia. She works with various organisations, including Westminster Arts, Age Exchange and Alzheimer’s Society delivering music, movement, reminiscence and cross-arts projects. She is also a trainer in these areas and has run training sessions for community musicians and care workers in how to incorporate these techniques into their work. 
Liv plays the cello, highland bagpipes and saxophone, and dabbles in ukulele and kantele! In her spare time, she enjoys Circle Dancing and learning Appalachian Clog Dancing. She is also on the board of trustees for Sound Sense, the Professional Association for Community Musicians.

Circle Dance in Dementia - Midlands

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