Issue 292: The arts and wellbeing

  • The arts and wellbeing

    Photo of three women dancing
    10 Mar 2016

    Dance offers older people many physical and social benefits, but performing to an audience makes the greatest impact on wellbeing, believes Jemma Bicknell.

    In my work as a producer and choreographer of older people’s dance, I’ve repeatedly seen how the goal of putting on a performance can draw out and enhance real benefits beyond the physical and social.

    By providing a safe space in which to take risks, preparing and putting on a performance can boost people’s expectations of themselves and thus raise their self-esteem. It can facilitate new relationships based on shared endeavour and can lead to a range of emotions that come with... more

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