Understandably many of the dementia-friendly musical activities and services listed on this map have been postponed, some have moved their offer virtually. Please contact the provider for further details.


Circle Dance in Dementia - London

Circle Dance training aims to enable and skill up staff to provide their own movement and music sessions with their service users. The dance provides an enjoyable form of exercise and movement. Staff have welcomed an activity in which people with moderate/medium stage dementia can engage. It offers the opportunity for a shared activity with partners, relatives and carers. It can be used in residential and day settings, assessment units, NHS and voluntary organisation groups with older people, people with learning disability, mental health conditions, and physical disabilities. It can be offered at care home social events, and Alzheimer's Cafes.

The delegate rate includes 20 tracks of specially selected Circle Dance music suitable for standing and seated dance. Also included is a full handout pack containing dance notes and choreography, to accompany the music. We are able to provide the music on a CD, if required, at a cost of £10, which includes postage and packing.

This one-day course will introduce participants to the use of Circle Dance in Dementia, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver circle dance sessions in their own settings.

The course is suitable for practitioners who work with people with dementia in group settings, such as care staff, activity coordinators, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, community dance practitioners, community musicians, exercise instructors, day centre workers and volunteers who are based in settings with people with dementia.

Course Objectives
To introduce learners to the history of circle dance and its contemporary use in the field of dementia
For learners to experience a variety of the circle dances
To give a basic understanding of how dementia may affect physical and cognitive skills with respect to dance
To equip learners with skills in devising basic choreography for circle dance in dementia
To explore links with other activities, such as reminiscence, exercise and music
To encourage learners to consider the planning, delivery, observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course learners will be able to:

State the benefits of dance and specifically circle dance, for people with dementia
Describe best practice in group facilitation skills for people with dementia
Plan and deliver circle dance sessions in their work settings for people with dementia
Create new dance steps to music for use in their settings
Devise effective ways of using observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions

  • Reduces loneliness
  • Involves carers
  • Self expression
  • Creative expression and stimulation
  • Motivation
  • Physical engagement
  • Social connections – supporting relationships
  • Maintenance or development of identity and self
  • Facilitating communication
  • Pleasure and enjoyment
  • Contributing to a creative outcome
  • Living well
  • Pre-diagnosis
  • Diagnosis
  • Post diagnosis – early years
  • Post diagnosis – later years
  • End of life
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access






10:00 to 16:30




£75 per delegate


Barbara Stephens


0845 257 2250




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Voluntary Action Islington 200a Pentonville Road London
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