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Dance For Life is a collaborative project between New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Dementia Pathfinders.

The project is a unique opportunity for dancers from the New Adventures company to obtain new skills in delivering creative dance sessions specifically for people living with dementia. Since 2008 New Adventures & Re:Bourne has developed a team of passionate and dedicated community dance-artists who now act as leading ambassadors for the company in a community setting.

In recent years the Company has become interested in working with older people to explore their relationship with dance. There have also been many academic studies as to the impact music can have on people living with dementia and New Adventures & Re:Bourne became interested in testing the impact of creative dance on improving the lives of people living with dementia. In 2015 a pilot project was launched in partnership with Dementia Pathfinders in which our team of practitioners went into two separate care homes and delivered dance workshops over the course of 6 weeks to residents living with various stages of Dementia. The experience was moving and the results incredibly encouraging.

In October 2016 the programme ran again in Hampton Care in the South East and the company look forward to taking the learning and development further in 2017.

During the programme in 2015/16 an independent consultant evaluated the Dance for Life pilot year. The report was launched, alongside a mini documentary at a special event on Friday 20th January 2017.