01 March 2017

Talk to explore effects of dance on health

Talk to explore effects of dance on health

Abertay University will host an open lecture by the internationally renowned ballet master Andrew Greenwood.

Andrew developed Switch2Move, a method that uses movement and artistic practice from dance to improve the conditions for people suffering from Parkinson’s, Dementia and Multiple Sclerosis.

Following on from years of experience in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Australia, Andrew Greenwood will come to Dundee, Scotland on Friday March 17 to share his knowledge on how dance can change people’s lives.

Hosted by Abertay’s Dundee Academy of Sport and the Division of Psychology, the talk is free and open to anyone interested in dance, movement, empowerment, inclusive practice, education or rehabilitation.

The Space at Dundee and Angus College will also welcome him for a Switch2Move workshop on the art of movement, health and well-being on that weekend, March 18 and 19.

Born in the UK, Andrew is co-director of the Dance Health Alliance in Australia and co-founder of the European Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation.

He took up ballet aged 8 and studied at the Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet, later joining ballet companies and performing across the world.

Andrew has performed at London Festival Ballet, at Cologne Opera House and as part of the National Ballet of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2012 he co-founded the organisation Dance for Health and created education programs specialised for people with physical and cognitive impairment.

The aim is to increase the circle of influence of dance by facilitating partnership and providing a platform for cross-sector dialogue to further the role of dance in public health and quality of life.

His approach combines health, movement and art, offering dance and creative wellness activities, backed by a growing body of evidence-based research on the health benefits.

Participants hope to relieve chronic pain and low levels of energy, increase blood circulation and combat stiffness, stress, depression and inactivity.

The movement programs can also include a meditation element.

Abertay psychology lecturer and choreographer Dr Corinne Jola said: “We are delighted to be hosting the internationally renowned dance practitioner and facilitator Andrew Greenwood who has years of experience in using dance as a tool for promoting health and wellbeing.

“I am excited to bring together a community of dance and movement practitioners in and around Dundee to exchange and learn from his experience.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in dance, education, movement or health and wellbeing to come along.

"There will be an opportunity to discuss his propositions directly with him and audience members at the end of his presentation.”

To attend the free talk book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/movement-toward-self-reliance-tickets-32433848514

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