Community Programme

Dance Well workshops take place throughout the community including care homes, sheltered housing, day centres and community centres. These participatory workshops are designed to increase levels of physical activity to meet the Public Health England guidelines (150 mins per week), improve balance, co-ordination, mobility and strength in a fun, creative and friendly atmosphere

Akademi artists take dance and movement to those often excluded from or unable to participate in creative, social experiences, particularly those with restricted mobility. Workshops provide not only physical activity and mental stimulation but also a chance to enjoy the arts in an intimate and nurturing setting. Dance Well helps tackle isolation and a lack of access to the arts, improving levels of wellbeing and social engagement. The sessions provides opportunities for social interaction and confidence building, ultimately supporting participants to build friendships and community.

“I have found the classes fun to do and I get fitter unknowingly! I also feel much happier within myself and I’ve met others who have become my friends”

Emily, aged 78, Dance Well participant


“Akademi provides COVID safe Dance Well classes that are a beacon of light for participants stepping out from the darkness of self-isolation”

Andrew Rogers, Dance Well Partner, Holborn Community Association

Sessions operate around a person-centred approach, with participants encouraged to contribute suggestions of movements, sound and stories/narrative to group activities. We provide opportunities for individuals to lead the group and to improvise creative movement together, as a group or in pairs. We celebrate and encourage autonomy, with participants controlling the direction the session takes according to their health that day, mood and creativity. Some groups learn a short piece of choreography which they share with friends and family after a series of workshops, whereas others simply share the enjoyment of movement between each other each week. Each workshop is designed specifically to meet the needs and ability of that group.

Learning and Participation enquiries

Contact Claire Farmer