Akademi has a long track record of providing high impact, evidence-led interventions to improve health and wellbeing, particularly amongst older people.

Our current focus is on Dance Well, [link to sub-page] a major Big Lottery-funded project. This project, a series of workshops promoting physical and mental wellbeing through dance, music and movement, is planned to reach more than 800 people over three years.

Dance Well builds on previous Akademi projects including ‘Ageing Artfully’ and ‘Active Bodies: Active Minds’. The following reports provide in-depth information on Akademi’s important work in this area.

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Inter Action Report

The Inter Action project challenged and explored best practice through engaging older adults in dance and related arts activity. It also explored best practice in evaluating and reporting the benefits of dance on older adults as a creative physical process.

Active Bodies: Active Minds

Active Bodies: Active Minds was a Research and Development project led by Akademi. It focused on community dance practice, health and wellbeing with older adults. Active Bodies: Active Minds is based on the research from Akademi’s Inter Action project (see above). This leaflet gives some examples of useful dance related movements and activities, highlighting the significant health benefits they can have.

Dancing Moments

Dancing Moments, a creative South Asian dance participation project in which Akademi was a partner. It used dance as a tool for communication and improving physical fitness, to restoring wellbeing for people in the early stages of dementia, as well as their carers. This booklet provides guidance on how to implement some of the Dancing Moments techniques in further work for those in the early stages of dementia and their carers.