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Akademi is the UK's leading South Asian dance charity, working with young people in schools and communities of all ages and abilities across London, inspiring their creativity, encouraging their academic achievement and widening their aspirations. We support young artists to realise their potential and develop as professional performers and cultural leaders through debate, experiment, training and work experience. We treasure the heritage of South Asian dance, the wisdom of experienced artists and provide a powerhouse of knowledge and expertise that we are keen to share widely. Akademi’s Dance Well project works with older adults in the borough of Camden to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing through movement and dance, including those with poor long term health and those living with dementia.

28 July 2016
Arts, Charity, Education Sector, Health, Schools, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Camden Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Akademi delivers dance and movement workshops for those with demantia and their carers, offering them a creative environment where they feel valued, have fun, with their carers, and others in their position, and focus on their abilities rather than difficulties.  Our focus is to offer those with dementia the chance to learn new skills and explore their capabilities in a friendly and non-pressurised environment.  Each participant is welcomed into the venue and encouraged to participated as much or as little as they feel comfortable to do so, giving them autonomy over their lives and the skills to help them in their day to day activities such as co-ordination, balance and short term memory.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The specific challenges we face in our current project is the level of understanding of dementia in our dance practitioners and ways in which to facilitate activities with them.  This can be greatly improved through further education and workshops which we strive to either offer in-house or direct practitioners to external organisations.  

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2. Actions

  • Dance and movement workshops for people with dementia and their carers

    To run regular dance and movement workshops for people with dementia and their carers.  These workshops will be based on the movements and dance styles of South Asian dance, including storytelling, rythm, use of mudras (hand gestures) to help articulation of the joints and co-ordination.  There is also opportunity for free creative expression through movement, sound, music and singing.  

  • Educating dance practitioners about dementia

    We are committed to increasing the awareness and understanding of dementia amongst dance practitioners, and in particular how dance can empower, inspire and enhance the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.  This is achieved through facilitation of training events and signposting to other organisations offering training.