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Circle Dance in Dementia - Birmingham

Dementia Pathfinders CIC

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

Circle Dance in Dementia - Birmingham

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Circle Dance in Dementia - Birmingham 13 Sep 2017 £75.00 £0.00
Early Bird 20% Discount - Circle Dance in Dementia Birmingham 31 Aug 2017 £60.00 £0.00

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Circle Dance in Dementia


This one-day course will introduce participants to the use of Circle Dance in Dementia, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver circle dance sessions in their own settings.


The course is suitable for practitioners who work with people with dementia in group settings, such as care staff, activity coordinators, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, community dance practitioners, community musicians, exercise instructors, day centre workers and volunteers who are based in settings with people with dementia.


Course Objectives

  • To introduce learners to the history of circle dance and its contemporary use in the field of dementia
  • For learners to experience a variety of the circle dances
  • To give a basic understanding of how dementia may affect physical and cognitive skills with respect to dance
  • To equip learners with skills in devising basic choreography for circle dance in dementia
  • To explore links with other activities, such as reminiscence, exercise and music
  • To encourage learners to consider the planning, delivery, observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions

Learning Outcomes   

At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • State the benefits of dance and specifically circle dance, for people with dementia
  • Describe best practice in group facilitation skills for people with dementia
  • Plan and deliver circle dance sessions in their work settings for people with dementia
  • Create new dance steps to music for use in their settings
  • Devise effective ways of using observation and monitoring of their circle dance sessions

Training Style/Approach

The day is a mixture of taught content, experiential and creative learning, delivered in a relaxed way.



Liv McLennan

Liv has had a passion for working for people with dementia since her teens, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. After a music degree and time as an army musician, Liv worked for various charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, developing projects mainly based around peer support and groupwork. 

Liv then completed the renowned Certificate in Music Workshop Skills at Goldsmith’s College, and has been self-employed as a community musician, working with different groups. The main areas she specialises in are Early Years, Community Choirs and people with dementia. She works with various organisations, including Westminster Arts, Age Exchange and Alzheimer’s Society delivering music, movement, reminiscence and cross-arts projects. She is also a trainer in these areas and has run training sessions for community musicians and care workers in how to incorporate these techniques into their work. 

Liv plays the cello, highland bagpipes and saxophone, and dabbles in ukulele and kantele! In her spare time, she enjoys Circle Dancing and learning Appalachian Clog Dancing. She is also on the board of trustees for Sound Sense, the Professional Association for Community Musicians.



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Pannel Croft Village
Hospital Street
B19 2XU Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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Dementia Pathfinders CIC

'Encouraging togetherness and learning in dementia care'

Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company is a social enterprise delivering education and learning for people working in the dementia care field and providing therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families.

Learning with Experts in Dementia

Our trainers are highly experienced specialists with a passion to improve life for people with dementia. We offer a full range of learning opportunities, from dementia awareness courses to the new QCF dementia qualifications, involving people with dementia and family carers in courses to allow participants to learn from the real experts.


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