Dance to Health is an evidence-led, pioneering falls prevention dance programme for older people nationwide.
Falls are traumatic for older people and a major challenge for the health system. They destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, while costing the NHS £4.4 billion annually.
Dance to Health sessions combat this issue, combining exercise with the creativity, energy and the sociability of dance. The programme was devised and is managed by Aesop, run by qualified Postural Stability Instructors (PSIs), and is in line with NICE and NHS guidelines.
Dance to Health began in 2015 with a successful pilot. This was expanded with a Phase One Roll Out programme which ran until September 2019. Phase Two started in 2020; there are now Dance to Health groups running all over England and Wales, some of which have been running for more than 5 years.