Local dance artist ‘takes steps’ to get people living with dementia dancing

Tuesday 1 October 2019 Local dance artist ‘takes steps’ to get people living with dementia dancing


Local dance artist Annie Woodhouse from Kirkby is working in partnership with Ashfield District Council and PlatformThirty1 to create and deliver new inclusive tap dance classes to benefit local people living with dementia.

The project, Tap In To is being funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The dance sessions aim to spark creativity, inspire movement, empower individuals and encourage a sense of community through tap dancing.

Councillor Tom Hollis, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure said: “Tap In To is a great initiative that allows those who live with dementia the opportunity to not only have fun with the people that they care about, but to also allow them be in a social environment with others in the same situation. Dementia can be isolating and it’s initiatives like this that make us proud of our community in Ashfield.”

The sessions will also use unique equipment sourced from Australia that the sessions are effective and suitable for those with limited mobility.

Tap In To recently started delivering taster sessions in:

  • Beaumont House Care Home, Hucknall
  • Five Gables Care Home, Kirkby in Ashfield
  • Ashfield and Mansfield working age dementia hub, Lammas Leisure Centre

Councillor Tom Hollis added: “We are proud to support this fantastic initiative to enable the residents in our community, who live with dementia and those who tirelessly care for people with dementia the ability to take part in fun and social activities like this. We will continue to support initiatives like this to help Ashfield become more dementia friendly.”

For more information about the project please contact Dianne Holmes, Health and Wellbeing Officer d.c.holmes@Ashfield.gov.uk or 01623 457233