Switch2move is a way of improving the lives of people with chronic physical or mental disabilities. Andrew Greenwood develops dance sessions for older people and people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis. The basic building blocks are always dance, movement, health, art and people.
In this workshop, he introduces the basic building blocks of his method, which combines dance, physicality and mindfulness. Greenwood’s approach ensures that the participants’ inner lives are brought closer to their physical activity again. You will learn how you can create new habits and changes among your participants, with an effect that is immediately apparent!
This intensive, five-day course gives you the opportunity to understand diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia better, both neurologically and physically. You will also get the tools you need to get to work with this target group yourself.
The course is in two parts. You can register for all five days, or for one of the two parts.
In part 1, you receive both a theoretical and a practical context for working with this target group. During these three days, one session will be dedicated to an explanation by a neurologist and the target group will be invited to attend.
In part 2, we will spend most of the time putting your ideas into practice. As a participant, you will be challenged to build and test your own dance sessions. If you only sign up for these two days, we do expect you to read up on the subject beforehand (we will send you the necessary documentation).
Andrew Greenwood is a professional dancer and international ballet teacher. Early on, he discovered the opportunities that dance offers older people and those suffering from diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. He developed dance sessions by working with the patients themselves and with experts in the field of science and dance. In 2012, he founded the Dance for Health Foundation, where he coaches more than 40 teachers internationally. Andrew was one of the guest teachers at our Out of The Toolbox festival in 2021. After his two-day workshop, the participants asked for training in greater depth. You will find out more about this method on his website.
Who is it for?
This intensive course is aimed at both dance teachers and care professionals (movement coaches, activity coaches, carers, physical education specialists and physiotherapists) who care for people with Parkinson’s and dementia. The intention is also to facilitate inspiring exchanges between the two groups of participants.
Part 1: Wednesday 22 February to Friday 24 February 2023, from 10:00 to 17:00 each day.
Part 2: Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February 2023, from 10:00 to 17:00 each day.
Danspunt Dance Studio (Dok Noord, Sint-Salvatorstraat 18a, 9000 Gent)
Part 1: 80 euros (70 euros for students, over-65s and people on income support or increased health benefits)
Part 2: 140 euros (130 euros for students, over-65s and people on income support or increased health benefits)
Both parts: 200 euros (190 euros for students, over-65s and people on income support or increased health benefits).
Are you coming from far away and would you like to spend the night in Ghent? Danspunt will reserve a hostel for you. You will then sleep in a shared room (6 people), only with dancers taking the same refresher course.
Price: 30 euros per night, breakfast included (20 euros reduced rate)
Would you like to take advantage of this? Send an email to email@example.com.
This workshop will be taught in English.