Danielle Goodwin runs a group called Circle Dance in Dementia.
Circle Dancing developed during the 1970s from traditional folk dance from around the world; there is a network of groups in the UK. The wide range of music links to celebrations, life events, and enables the exploration of the social and cultural aspects of connecting lives.
Music has been selected from the repertoire and simplified standing and seated dances have been devised which allows for touch, holding, swaying, and easy repetitive movements, allowing the participant to feel safe within the circle. During the dance session comments and thoughts are often evoked and expressed. With the release of feelings people with dementia may be helped to communicate and be expressive.