Train the Trainer
ANYONE CAN DANCE® is a community-based program, which means that teaching it is not restricted to those with a dance background. Those who work in a geriatric or rehabilitation setting, from nurse-practitioners and social workers to PTs and OTs to older-adult recreation and activity directors, could profit from training.
The objectives of these trainings are:
- To select appropriate music and movement that will affect balance, gait and fear of falling
- Encouraging social mingling and participation with different groups. How to include those in wheelchairs and walkers within an “able-bodied” class.
- Learning to break down choreography and simplify complicated sequences
- Planning a class to encompass the flow of choreography and the sit-to-stand format of class
- References and resources for further study
I travel to facilities around the country and run day-long workshops, which typically culminate in a group class, so that those who’ve taken the training can see the fruits of their labors. The training consists of:
1. Overview. Look at differences between dance therapy, physical therapy and programs for unconventional or restricted dancers, such as Dance for Parkinsons®, to show how adaptive movement set to appropriate music and rhythm can affect balance, gait, fear of falling and recovery from falls.
2. Specific populations. Learn the best ways to approach movement with different groups, including elders, those with movement disorders, those with dementia, intergenerational groups and mixed-ability groups. Group discussion on ‘movement’ challenges faced in their environments. Learn creative ways to include those in wheelchairs and walkers within an “able-bodied” class.
3. Techniques. Discussion of choreography, music and rhythm, and use of props as stimuli/motivators. Learn how performance can elevate the class situation and motivate dancers to practice, to overcome apathy and shyness and to take pride in their art.
4. Videos and Discussion. Group review and debrief on the morning’s information. A look at videos from other prominent dance groups working with elders.
After the training, we engage in an experiential class for about an hour with members of the particular center or community groups, followed by a debrief session for the trainers on what they’ve learned over the course of the day. I am always available via this FB page or by email for follow-up questions.
Please contact me for more information or with any questions.