One of the few things better than the beauty of dance is the joy of sharing it with the ones we love.
Sometimes the people closest to us face challenges that limit their ability to access the arts, so we are working towards making dance accessible for all.
Progress continues within Scottish Ballet towards making our entire organisation dementia friendly through our Time to Dance programme.
Thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust, we have recently held workshops in day centres and care homes as part of the Luminate Festival, which celebrates creativity as we age. The festival programme featured hundreds of creative events reaching people of all ages and communities nationwide.
Part of our involvement in the festival was a visit to Nazareth House, where members of Scottish Ballet staff hosted a session for residents.
The response we received from Laura O’Neill, Deputy Manager of Cardonald Nazareth House speaks volumes:
"On behalf of all the residents and staff at Nazareth House we send a massive thank you to you and your team.
Thursday was a day of enjoyment, excitement and energy to all parties in the home, this was all thanks to your team, during their visit to the home, they shared their love and enthusiasm to everyone, they made us all feel young and so much alive.
Who would have thought ballet could be so energetic? Using parts of the body that we often forget about as we age, yet Thursday proved that no matter what age you are, how stiff you may feel, exercise can rejuvenate the body, mind and soul resulting in our residents exercising as though they were in their late twenties, in fact they embarrassed some of the staff with their movements.
I thought it would be nice to share some of the feedback from our residents: