Sharing Dance for People with Dementia

Oh, you’re all like doctors. You give us injections of happiness.

— Participant, Baycrest resident

Sharing Dance for People with Dementia

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation: Sharing Dance for People with Dementia initiative is a specialized health and wellness dance program developed to provide an opportunity for people with dementia to access dance and enjoy its benefits.

A joint venture between Canada’s National Ballet School and Baycrest Health Sciences, this program is designed to provide an accessible and enjoyable dance program for people with dementia and their caregivers.

NBS and Baycrest are currently piloting a teacher training program for experienced dance instructors to provide them with the preparation and skills to facilitate the NBS-Baycrest dance program in their own communities. Baycrest’s expertise in seniors’ healthcare combined with NBS’ excellence in dance programming and teacher training is serving to provide a meaningful, safe and scaleable dance program for this population.

Research and outcomes will be measured as the program develops, and learnings from this pilot will inform the development of future training programs.

Contact us at sharingdance@nbs-enb.ca for more information!

NBS - Baycrest Teacher Training Workshop

This jointly-led workshop will be taught by NBS and Baycrest staff. Participants in the workshop will receive in-class instruction on aging, geriatric care, working in a long-term care facility, dementia and how to teach dance to this population.