A new research report into current practice in older people’s dance, published by ArtWorks Alliance member People Dancing and co-commissioned by Aesop, was launched at the House of Lords on 7 November 2016.

This new research report provides a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance.

The research sought expert views from those working in the field to identify the characteristics of the practice and the conditions required for success. The report describes a picture of practice based on the research gathered and an analysis of that data.

The report is intended to be of practical use. It provides reassurance and reference points for artists and organisations working on the ground that what they do all contributes to a greater body of practice. For those supporting activities, it provides reassurance that when the conditions for success are met then dance really can deliver.

It also offers some more compelling evidence about the ‘value-added’ contribution that participation in dance and dancing – in whatever way is right for you – can make to the ‘health and wellbeing’ of people and their communities, not just in older age but throughout life.

You can read and download the report here