Dance for elderly with special needs.

3 Modules: Parkinson’s, Dementia en Rheumatoid arthritis

Registration now open!


Now booking for its seventh year, these hugely successful courses will begin again in October 2018. 05th-06th-07thor November 2018 23rd-24th-25thin the Netherlands.

This in depth course will deliver an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people with special needs, providing a balance between three main areas:

2.Dance and movement work by participants
3.Assessed practice with older people with special needs.

The course is suitable for teachers, dancers and dance students, health care workers, occupational therapists and activity coordinators. (The workshop is based on creative movement and musical applications)


Course fees: 375 euro plus 21% vat (includes registration and certification). Early birds get 40 euros discount!!!
Contact: communitymanager@switch2move.comfor an application form.

For international guest travel and accommodation recommendation will be shared.


This course will provide an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people with special needs. This course will provide a balance between three main areas – theory, dance and movement work by participants and actual practice with older people.

The course is divided into three complete intensive study days. Tutorial support will also be available.

Participants will be required to complete a detailed placement portfolio.

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate the basic practical requirements for running a dance session
  • apply relevant anatomical and physiological information – both general and with specific reference to ageing
  • understand some of the psychological effects of ageing and have positive strategies for dealing with these
  • demonstrate the ability to structure dance sessions
  • define the physical imperatives – flexibility, dexterity, strength and cardiovascular fitness – and be able to use various safe and effective approaches to achieving them
  • use various paths to creativity in people with special needs dancing
  • use with confidence different choreographic approaches
  • use appropriate music for dance sessions
  • select music for choreographic purposes
  • identify the different broad categories older people fall into – active elderly, people with age-related conditions, people with dementia etc. – and be able to demonstrate appropriate strategies for them
  • apply different teaching and learning strategies


Course fees are 375 euro which includes registration and certification. All course materials are provided free.


The deadline for applications is 30th September for October course 2018.

Course dates: October 05th-06th-07th2018

The deadline for applications is 15thNovember for November course 2018.

Course dates: November 23rd-24th-25th2018


Supported by Factorium Podiumkunsten and Studie Arena 




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I really enjoyed the workshop and working with Andrew. It was very intense and brought me in some respects to my limits.

I think it’s a very important and wonderful concept he has created.
As a physiotherapist, one of my main goals for the people I work with is self-efficacy.
And dancing in a group is a wonderful way to provide people with limited abilities an opportunity to fully embrace their movement possibilities without any pressure to perform and to enjoy themselves.
Agnes Winkle


“As a professional dancer for many years, my view of dance was that it was very special, but inherently unhealthy.  After attending Andrew’s workshop, my view of dance was flipped on its head.  Yes, it’s still incredibly special, but it can also promote health!  It had never ever occurred to me before that dance could be physically and psychologically healthy.  Andrew opened my eyes to that, which is something that I am very grateful for.”

Stephanie Greenwald

Professional Dancer Berlin Staatsballett

I have known Andrew Greenwood for several years in my capacity as a researcher of dance and Parkinson’s and as an education consultant.  I have seen Andrew work tirelessly and passionately creating a successful programme, Dance for Health and Parkinson, which he has done with integrity.  

I have seen Andrew teach and without a doubt, he is one of the most inspiring dance for Parkinson’s teachers I have seen.  I have seen him inspire large groups of people to dance, who have little dance training and little facility to move.  His energy is infectious and the content of what he teaches is grounded in his artistic flair and in the scientific principles of effective movement.

Dr. Sara Houston

Dance University of Roehampton Principal Lecturer, National Teaching Fellow Department