Circle Dance in Dementia


This Circle Dance training day has been organised by Celebrating Age Wiltshire working in partnership with Dementia Pathfinders as a Celebrating Age Wiltshire initiative.

Course Date Course Time    Location To book online  
14th March 2019 10.30 - 16.30 Wiltshire Click Here


The cost per delegate is £40. (includes full day’s training, resources and 4 follow up sessions throughout the next year)

Celebrating Age Wiltshire is subsidising the costs of this training to support more leaders to be able to deliver their own Circle Dance sessions for their groups.    

To book and pay on-line please click on the link above. If you would like to receive an invoice please complete our booking form and email it back to​ 


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.

‘Uplifting and motivating – the dance is an inclusive activity and will help feelings of togetherness’

‘Simple to learn and achievable and versatile for our users’

‘I felt inspired and refreshed by your course’

‘I have found something which is very valuable for our users with potential for involving relatives’

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

Circle Dance session - Photograph courtesy of Blind Veterans UK.

Training Style/Approach
The day is a mixture of taught content, experiential and creative learning, delivered in a relaxed way.


Liv McLennan
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.


To commission Circle Dance in Dementia training for your service or for more information about open training days, please contact or phone 0845 257 2250.

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