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Daytime Dancehall – University of Atypical

Daytime Dancehall is a project funded by the Trust from a proposal from Chris Ledger from the “University of Atypical”. This is an organisation established in Northern Ireland for 25 years, led by people with a disability. Chris has taken part in previous Trust funded events, including a residential weekend at the end of the Atlantic Philanthropies project in Northern Ireland (evaluated on the Trust website) where she influenced our thinking in the debate about the way forward.

This is an intergenerational dance experience. Dancers/dance facilitators and young physical theatre performers learn and then prompt social dances that stimulate muscle memory, build and retain friendships and give everyone involved a good time. A plus factor for this programme is that the dancers and
performers will learn about
dementia and gain experience
that they can take forward into other projects or in their professional lives. The social dances themselves are experimental as well as being fun for the people with dementia and their carers who attend. One benefit of the project would be to underscore the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropy project in Northern Ireland, and remind people of the role of the Dementia Trust in delivering work over the last ten years. Further images of these events will be captured for the Trust website so look out for more news!