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Training to teach dance in health settings

Teaching in health settings can be hugely rewarding, however there are some requirements you should be aware of when practicing in these settings.


In order to work with children or in healthcare settings you must have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (previously known as a CRB check).  You may not be allowed into the building without one of these, particularly if you are working in schools, or in dementia day centres/care homes and hospitals.

People Dancing offer a DBS service for members, click here for more information

Safeguarding training

It is imperative that you understand how to identify abuse and/or neglect in any age group and the procedures for reporting this.  You must therefore undertake a Level 2 Safeguarding course.  These predominantly cover safeguarding children but will also explore safeguarding in the context of vulnerable adults.

Dance and arts volunteers

Volunteering is a good way to explore whether working with dance in a health setting is right for you and to also begin to learn some of the skills required.  By shadowing another experience dance artist you wcan begin to understand ways of moving and communicating with different groups of people, and with different health conditions.  Explore the evidence library to see some of the projects that have taken place and/or continue to run now.

UK training courses

Arts for Dementia

Early Stage dementia training for arts facilitators

Green Candle Dance Company

- Diploma in leading dance with older people 

- INSET days for teachers to deliver dance at several levels including Early Years (Foundation Stage), KS1 and KS2 (Primary) and for children with special educational needs.

- Moving into Maturity A two day training workshop for people working with older people and people with dementia.

People Dancing Summer School

- Dance with older people

- Dance with early years

- Dance for Parkinsons

People Dancing online learning courses

- Risk Assessment

- Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's 

- Preparing for Safer Dance Practice

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

- Specialist training days

- Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Goldsmiths University

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation Course - Goldsmiths University

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy - Goldsmiths University

Roehampton University

Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy - Roehampton University

MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy - Roehampton University

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