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STILL DANCING - dance project for over 60s

Dance House proposes to devise an imaginative and artistically ambitious dance programme involving a group of mature citizens and the Govan Gaelic Choir, to be presented at the 8th World Congress on Ageing : 13-17 August 2012 : Glasgow.

September 2011 - August 2012

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  • Need


    1. The findings of our Pilot Project, implemented in 2010/2011 have revealed just how many over 60’s are keen to take part. The response has been very positive and has affirmed that this is a demographic that has been overlooked in the past. There is a lack in exciting opportunities for our older citizens in the city.


    Participation in dance builds confidence and self esteem by nurturing a feel good factor. When people feel good about themselves, they are more likely to succeed in all aspects of life. There is overwhelming evidence available of the positive impact of dance and creative movement. Regular participation in dance brings not only positive benefits to both physical and mental health, but it also plays a vital role in our holistic development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Present a mature citizens' dance piece at the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing - 13-17 Aug '11.


    » Sept '11 to Aug '12 : Rehearsal period. One sesion per week for 30 weeks. Directed by Choreographer - Norman Douglas.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by increased ....
    physical/mental health of participants
    confidence & self esteem
    to establish a Dance Company for Mature Citizens of Glasgow

  • Impact


    Building on the model of our successful Development Residencies we aim to build an ongoing programme that embraces professional development and community engagement.

    Dance House will:
    •Continue with regular weekly classes for over 60s
    •Retain STILL DANCING as a Community Performance Company
    •Research opportunities for the STILL DANCING company to perform elsewhere


    There is a risk that some of the participants, given their ages, will be unable to continue to be involved in STILL DANCING due to ill health or death.

    In order to ensure the maximum participant involvement, we will have an 'open doors' policy to encourage others to attend. This will be done via publicity leaflets; networking; offering 'taster' sessions to local community groups.


    A final report will be submitted which will include:
    feedback from participants where they give their views of their experience of the programme - in writing / video
    photographs of rehearsals and performances
    professional assessment of project management
    detailed budget

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Artists Fees + Travel Artists to deliver 20 taster workshops in the community
      £2,000 Hire of Venues Rehearsal space costs and technical
      £12,000 Professional Fees Prof Fees for Choreographer & Musical Director
      £2,000 Marketing & Publicity Printing of leaflets and programmes
      £8,000 Project Management Dance House staff costs - documenting and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Creative Scotland £16,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The weekly classes will take place in both Partick and Govan areas of Glasgow, Scotland.

    The peformance will be at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow as part of the World Congress on Active Ageing.


    The participants in STILL DANCING will benefit from the project and their families will indirectly benefit by having a fulfilled ageing parnt/grandmother/sister/brother. The social aspect of the project cannot be underplayed.
    The City will benefit by having a performance group which can demonstrate what our senior citizens are capable of.
    Other mature citizens will be uplifted to watch their peer group perform on stage, encouraging their participation in STILL DANCING and other activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Dance House has an excellent track record, established over the past ten years, in producing work of the highest artistic quality, demonstrating our vision to engage artists that realise this ambition.

    We offer activities for all ages and abilities and have a robust 'inclusion' policy.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Norman Douglas

    Norman Douglas will be the Choreographer and Director of STILL DANCING. He will also deliver taster dance sessions in the community.


one taster dance session for mature citizens