Seminar On Link Between Dance And Healthcare And Well-Being

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A TWO-DAY seminar titled ‘Dance and Health Event’ will take place at Siamsa Tíre next month on the relevance of dance to healthcare and well-being.

The event, on  April 26/27, will bring together dance artists, healthcare professionals and service users to explore the possibilities for dance in healthcare.

“We need to hear from dance artists, healthcare professionals, and community based organisations who are working in healthcare in Kerry to come along to this event, as the evidence that dance is beneficial to healthcare and general well-being is substantial,” Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer at Kerry County Council stated.

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The research and seminar series is a collaboration between the Arts Services of Kerry, Kildare, and Tipperary County Councils along with Dance Ireland and The Arts Council.

A researcher has been appointed to produce a training framework for dance artists working in healthcare contexts.  The Dance and Health event at Siamsa Tire will bring together best practice and national expertise around dance and healthcare.

Findings and insights at the event will feed into the research for the training framework.

“Kerry will be at the core of this ground-breaking research and we are delighted to host the event with Siamsa Tíre,” said Kate Kennelly. “It will also benefit the professional dance sector in Kerry and is an opportunity for dance artists to consider the realm of healthcare as a broad canvas where their dance skills are required.”

The series will afford dancers, healthcare practitioners and anyone interested in dance and health opportunities to collaborate and exchange information about the benefits of dance on health.

The programme features Fergus Early from Green Candle Dance in the UK, as well as Dr. Jenny Elliott from Arts Care Northern Ireland. It is programmed as part of the TOCHT Festival of Dance at Siamsa Tíre.

The TOCHT Festival is a strong and much-loved event in the festival calendar in Kerry and the Dance and Health event will explore the many facets of dance and health work on a theoretical and practical level through discussion and movement.

TOCHT provides a perfect platform for this to happen. The project is funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme.

The event costs €25 per day or €40 for the two days and tickets can be booked through the Box Office at Siamsa Tíre. Tel: 066 7123055 or through

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