CAMEO Dance Sessions
Last month saw our two year partnership with the CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) group at Crossroads sadly come to an end. Can’t Dance Can have been delivering seated sessions where the emphasis is on having a good time with other people. The dance sessions took place before a lunch club for people living... View Article
Last month saw our two year partnership with the CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) group at Crossroads sadly come to an end. Can’t Dance Can have been delivering seated sessions where the emphasis is on having a good time with other people. The dance sessions took place before a lunch club for people living with an early diagnosis of dementia and their carers. In the group, there is no distinction between carers (whether paid or unpaid) and cared for; everyone joins in and everyone can expect some music during the session that they love. The service users vary in age from mid 40s to early 80s and vary in music tastes from country and western through 60s pop to heavy metal! The aim is for a mix of easeful movement at the joints and a gentle push of cardiovascular and muscular capacity but whilst safely seated. The dancers come and share music, movement and laughter in a friendly welcoming group.
Maxine Horne our collective member has worked with the group for just over 18 months and has developed close working relationships with all the participants. Not everyone in the session remembered her name, nor could they recall what they did from week to week but everyone remembered her face and knew that when she was there they were going to dance and have fun.
Pauline Harrison group organiser said “The people who attended the Cameo sessions really enjoyed participating in Maxine’s sessions. They benefited from the exercise and we had many laughs along the way which was an added bonus. Maxine engaged them in the classes and brought in requested music that she worked a routine out too. This made them feel unique and tailored to fit the people that she was working with. Maxine was much loved and appreciated by everyone that attended the sessions and we will all miss working with her. We can not thank you and Maxine enough.”
Can’t Dance Can provide services within health settings, or to support health outcomes by working with organisations to design and deliver projects, single workshops or training that helps to achieve their aims or outcomes. We specialise in working with older people and those with a disability, illness or injury. To talk to us about an idea or project for one of your groups or in your venue please contact us for more information.