Dance for Connection Services

Bringing joy, vitality and a sense of interconnection to older adults and people with dementia through playful, expressive movement and dance via direct programming and training caregivers.

 
 
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Dance Programs for Older Adults and People with Dementia

Let us bring out the sparkle in your older adults! Improve the quality of life for your residents, regardless of their abilities, through dance and expressive movement. Our one-hour groups will motivate participants to be active and animated, express themselves, and have fun. They will connect with one another through the use of irresistible music, props, humor, expressive movement and dance.

Please note: Dance Programs for Older Adults and People with Dementia is for those located in
Eastern Massachusetts.

"Your group was amazing. The way you incorporated all the best elements of dance, self, spirituality, joy, connection, and hope was such a joy in which to participate. An amazing morning for me and those struggling with the challenges of caregiving and dementia."
~ Participant

Training to Bring Dance to Older Adults and People Living with Dementia

Learn the skills to engage, inspire and uplift older adults and people with dementia through dance and expressive movement.

We will teach you how to customize your groups in order to motivate older adults to express themselves so they feel seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are.

"This training validated my work and empowered me to broaden it."
~ Assisted Living Administrator
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Training in Relationship-Centered Nonverbal Communication

Improve your skills, competence, and confidence to communicate effectively with persons with dementia through an embodied approach.

Learn to create an emotionally safe and supportive social environment for people with dementia. We’ll teach you to read nonverbal communication and to make your intentions clear through your conscious use of movement.

"Staff members have a new perspective on people with dementia and their role in improving residents' lives. Staff have learned to offer a resident their hand, move more slowly, and bring a quieter presence. Residents are participating more in their daily activities."
~ Assisted Living Administrator

(There should be a link to The Dance of Interaction manual under this training)


Dance/Movement Therapy Supervision and Consultation

Receive clinical supervision from a supportive and seasoned board-certified dance/movement therapist who is experienced in mental health and medical rehabilitation.

Reflect upon and refine your insights to become a more effective dance/movement therapist through skilled expressive arts facilitations with a clinician, supervisor and teacher with over 35 years experience.

"Supervision helped me feel where I'm at without judgement. Your presence is supportive, open, warm, and safe, and I'm glad that I'm taking my supervision journey with you."
~ Registered Dance/Movement Therapist

 

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Consultation for Dance and Dementia Group Leaders

Individual guidance and support around the development and improvement of dance and dementia groups.

Receive supportive feedback and resources to increase participant engagement in your dance and expressive movement groups for older adults, particularly those with dementia, from a clinician, supervisor and teacher with over 35 years practical experience.

*30 minute or 60 minute sessions available in Dedham, MA or via Skype.

"Donna provided me with the framework, enabling me to run my own movement groups successfully and creatively."
~ Expressive Therapy Trainee

Keynote Address

Donna is a seasoned and knowledgeable expert with direct practical and speaking experience who can inspire your conference attendees to move from vision to action to transform and uplift the culture of care for older adults and people with dementia.

Her message: Older adults and people with dementia deserve to be treated with honor. We do so by speaking their language, the language of the body. Only by speaking their language will we support their vitality and well-being.

"What a beautiful job captivating your audience and conveying the emotional sensitivity of dementia and what dance and embodied caregiving can bring to them."
~ Conference Attendee

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Workshop Presentations

Donna delivers inspiring, stimulating and informative experiential workshops to help participants expand upon their skills and feel confident to apply them. Participants will leave feeling validated, uplifted and empowered to make positive change.

  • Dance for Connection: An Embodied Approach to Nonverbal Communication with People Living with Dementia
  • Dance and Expressive Movement to Engage, Inspire and Uplift Older Adults and People with Dementia
  • Using the Octaband to Enhance a Sense of Belonging
  • Managing Caregiver Stress
"It was the best most applicable and meaningful workshop I've been to in years!"
~ Workshop Attendee