University of Cumbria

Dance classes for stroke patients

The About Being project offers stroke survivors in Carlisle weekly dance and movement sessions to support and maintain their ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. The dance and movement classes have been specially designed to support people to move more, reduce isolation and encourage better wellbeing. Caregivers and family members are invited to join sessions to give them respite from their caring duties. 

The project also offers an opportunity for the university’s dance, occupational therapy and physiotherapy students to experience work in the dance and health sector by training and volunteering for the sessions.

More recently, the project has expanded to offer in-patients with acute strokes weekly dance and movement sessions, with the aim of inviting them to join the community sessions when they leave hospital.

Susie Tate, an independent dance artist, developed the scheme with the University of Cumbria.  “There is a growing evidence base demonstrating the physical and social benefits of dance in stroke recovery and for stroke survivors. The creative aspect of dance offers people a way into movement where there are no rights or wrongs and can help people re-connect with their body in a non-medical way.”

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