Dance to Health An evaluation of health, social and artistic outcomes of a dance programme for the prevention of falls

Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Clift S, Pickard A, Vella-Burrows T, Wilson L

Year of Publication:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Publication Type:


This report provides the findings of an evaluation of social, artistic (creative), health and wellbeing elements of a specifically designed falls prevention programme: Dance to Health (DtH). The programme integrates two evidence-based exercise programmes, Falls Management Exercise (FaME) and Otago, with creative dance. Participants on the programme took part in twice-weekly classes for six months.
A mixed-method, pre-test, post-test design was used to assess effects and outcomes. This comprised a questionnaire completed at base-point and end- point, which combined five validated questionnaires on loneliness, group identity, general health and functionality and mental wellbeing. In addition, a set of bespoke questions on creative outcomes were devised. A total sample of 67 people contributed to the evaluation. The results are encouraging with statistical significance for improvements in group identity and positive support for physical control and coordination and the ability to undertake regular activities. The findings support the need for further research on the effect of Dance to Health (DtH) programmes and highlight the potential benefit of embedding dance programmes into prevention and enablement services relating to falls-prevention.

Main Focus: Physical Health

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download