Can dance improve YOUR life?
This is the fundamental question at the heart of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD’s) upcoming ‘Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing’ conference, taking place in London on 26-28 April 2013.
This pioneering event will feature an exciting blend of presentation and discussion from experts in dance, arts and education, as well as performances by dance students of all ages and at all stages.
Matthew Cunningham, Interim Director of Marketing & Communications at the RAD, said: ‘We’re looking forward to a debate that promises to be both wide-ranging and hugely engaging – from dance and disability, to dance and longevity, to the universal benefits of dance to physical and emotional health. With the UK coming to terms with the very real social challenges of an ageing population and rising obesity rates, this event couldn’t come at a better time.’
Renowned choreographer Gillian Lynne CBE will give the keynote address on Friday 26 April in the presence of RAD President Darcey Bussell CBE, and the weekend will culminate in a performance showcase featuring acts including Akādemi, Company of Elders, Dance United, Elmhurst School for Dance, Growing Older (Dis)gracefully and Step into Dance.
The conference is one product of the RAD’s new outreach project to improve the health and well-being of adult learners in the community through dance. Funded by the Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF), the four-stage project provides high quality dance teaching for older dancers, taught by six specialist dance teachers in the London area.
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