Dance to Health sessions start in Norfolk in January

December 19, 2017

In partnership with DanceEast, Active Norfolk, NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group and Norfolk County Council, Aesop is delighted to announce that Dance to Health sessions will start in Norfolk next month.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, a charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the programme will run for two years from November 2017 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners.

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, Aesop’s regional Health Partner, is also financially supporting the roll out of the programme. Tracy Williams (Chair of the Governing Body) NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group says –

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group is pleased to be part of this exciting new falls prevention initiative through the Dance to Health programme. We look forward to working with our partners Active Norfolk and DanceEast on this further project to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.”

Ryan Hughes, Physical Activity Project Officer at Active Norfolk says –

Falls and their associated after effects are a significant issue for Norfolk’s older population and their support service providers. Participation in regular physical activity can help to prevent falls from happening, so we are really pleased to have Dance to Health in our county, which will provide an exciting adapted approach to fall prevention work. We are hoping that the programme will prove to be a popular tool in engaging older people into sustained physical activity.”


Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop says –

“We are delighted to bring Dance to Health to Norfolk in 2018. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with DanceEast, reaching a larger number of people through our collaboration with Active Norfolk, NHS Norwich CCG and Norfolk County Council. We look forward to how the dance sessions will be shaped by older people in the community to give the sessions a genuine local identity”

Dance to Health in Norfolk is delivered by professional Dance Artists from DanceEast; Lucy Bayliss, Head of Creative Programmes says –

We are really pleased to be the regional delivery partner for Dance to Health and excited to be able to offer these new classes to older people in Norfolk. Dance to Health complements our existing provision for older people and supports our belief that dance has the power to change lives. We look forward to bringing great dance, good health and a good time to the participants”

If you are an older person who has had a fall or is worried about falling, Dance to Health is a FREE and fun falls prevention session. No Dance experience necessary!

Why not pop along to the taster sessions in Norwich on:

1/ Bowthorpe Care Village – Friday 15th December, 10am-12noon

2/ Bob Carter Centre – Monday 8th January, 10.30am-12.30pm

3/ Harford Community Centre – Wednesday 10th January, 10am-12noon

4/ The Costessey Centre – Thursday 11th January, 10am-12noon

5/ Norman Centre – Thursday 11th January, 2-4pm

6/ Roxley Hall – Friday 12th January, 2-4pm

Weekly sessions start from the middle of January 2018.

To find out more about the programme and how to sign up for the taster session or the sessions generally call Katy Dunne, Dance to Health Coordinator Norfolk on 01993 870 157, email or visit

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