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Dance mobility: a somatic and dance programme for older adults in New Zealand
Body, movement and dance in psychotherapy
  • Felicity Molloy, University of Auckland
  • Justin Keogh, Bond University
  • Jean Krampe, Saint Louis University
  • Azucena Guzmán, Dementia Research Centre
Date of this Version
6-4-2015
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Journal Article
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Molloy, F., Keogh, J., Krampe, J., & Guzmán, A. (2015). Dance mobility: A somatic and dance programme for older adults in New Zealand. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 1-14.

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Abstract

Dance Mobilitye, a new community dance programme that follows a New Zealand partnership research project, designed for older adults with diverse motor skill levels and dance experiences. The programme includes high-functioning older adults, some with sensory or balance impairments and others with Parkinson’s disease. Wediscuss the benefits and challenges of facilitating a once-weekly dance practice model and the ways the programme affects individuals’ sensorial states of well-being and awareness. Somatic practices are introduced as integral to Dance Mobilitye teaching methods and dance activities. We include observations and comparisons with dance embodiment theories, cross-disciplinary goals of gerontology and exercise science/rehabilitation research to debate benefits and limitations of dance for older adults, and adaptive methods of the Dance Mobilitye approach. Somatic research is needed to build evidence-based conclusions that advance older adults’ feelings of well-being and safeguard their motivations to continue moving freely.

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Felicity Molloy, Justin Keogh, Jean Krampe and Azucena Guzmán. "Dance mobility: a somatic and dance programme for older adults in New Zealand" Body, movement and dance in psychotherapy (2015) p. 1 - 14 ISSN: 1743-2987
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_keogh/75/