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Monday 22 January 2018

Dance to Health sessions start in Cheshire this month…

In partnership with Cheshire Dance and Cheshire East Council, Aesop is delighted to announce that Dance to Health sessions will start in Cheshire this month.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, a charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the programme will run for two years involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers nationwide. 62 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners. 

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

Cheshire East Council, Aesop’s regional Health Partner, is supporting the roll out of the programme; Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health Liz Wardlaw said -

‘Dance to Health is an exciting addition to Cheshire East’s falls prevention commitment and I am happy to see it rolled out across the borough.
An innovative and diverse delivery of healthy living initiatives is at the core of the borough’s ‘Live Well’ campaign. We, and our health partners, must do all we can to encourage initiatives around falls prevention and help to keep older people out of hospital.
I am delighted to support this fun activity that offers such valuable health benefits.
This programme sits within our ‘One You’ Cheshire East integrated lifestyles service, which aims to help people live well and for longer’.

Karen Hamilton, Dance to Health’s Head of Programme at Aesop says –

‘We are delighted to bring Dance to Health to Cheshire in 2018. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Cheshire Dance, reaching a larger number of people through our collaboration with Cheshire East Council. We look forward to how the dance sessions will be shaped by older people in the community to give the sessions a genuine local identity’.

Dance to Health in Cheshire is delivered by professional Dance Artists from Cheshire Dance; Adam Holloway, Director says -

Whilst dance is exciting to both watch, train and take part in, it can also tackle some really critical issues in society. As a founding Dance Partner involved in the pilot, everyone at Cheshire Dance is thrilled now to help progress this expansion programme. Together with Aesop and Cheshire East Council, we are bringing some much needed practical support to bear on the problems faced by so many people around falls.  And importantly, we’re all working on Dance to Health as a sustainable model of falls prevention, just the job for a cash strapped Health service’.

Dance to Health sessions will be taking place in Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe.

If you are an older person who has had a fall or is worried about falling, Dance to Health is a FREE and fun falls prevention session.

No Dance experience necessary!

Why not pop along to a taster session on the following dates and times…

1/ St Andrew’s Parish Hall, Crewe – Wednesday 17th January, 10am-12noon

2/ Congleton United Reformed Church, Congleton - Monday 29th January, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

3/ St Johns Community Centre, Congleton - Wednesday 31st January, 10am – 12 noon

4/ Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Crewe - Thursday 1st February, 2-4pm

5/ CORE (Church of the Resurrection) Community Centre, Macclesfield - Monday 5th February, 10am - 12 noon

6/ St Paul’s Parish Centre, Glegg Street, Macclesfield, Tuesday 8th March

Weekly sessions will continue to run thereafter.

To find out more about the programme and how to sign up for a taster session or the sessions generally call Claire Donaldson, Dance to Health Coordinator in Cheshire on 01993 870150, email or visit


Notes to Editors

For media enquires please contact Gemma Goddon, Head of Public Engagement and Communications, Aesop on 01993 870151 or

Dance to Health’s Head of Programme, Karen Hamilton, is available for comment and interview. Images available upon request.

Dance to Health @Dance_to_Health #DancetoHealth

Dance to Health was created in 2014 by Aesop to help reduce falls amongst the older population, help reduce the cost to the NHS of older people’s falls (£2.3 billion per year) and offer older people the choice of an engaging, sociable dance-based alternative to existing exercise-based programmes. Further to a successful pilot in 2016, the programme will now be rolled out in six regions in England and Wales from November 2017 namely Birmingham, Cheshire, Yorkshire, South Wales, Norfolk and Oxfordshire.

Aesop has appointed as lead evaluator, the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.


Launched in 2014, Aesop’s mission is to realise the potential of UK’s world-class and wide-reaching arts sector to transform people’s lives. Health is our initial focus: helping health harness the powers of the arts, and helping the arts gear up to deliver health improvement. Uniquely, we start with health challenges, and incubate and support arts enterprises with a social purpose (‘aesops’). These employ high quality artists and, from a health point of view, are evidence-based, cost-effective, sustainable and scalable.

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East is the third largest  council in the Northwest of England, responsible for over 500 services and with a population of over 370,000.
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Cheshire Dance

Cheshire Dance encourages everyone to learn, create and celebrate through dance.

Cheshire Dance leads the artistic provision and support of dance across Cheshire, aiming to ensure everyone has access to dance and can benefit from its transformative power.  We engage participants and audiences of all ages and abilities, employing experienced and nationally renowned artists and partnering with organisations across the arts, voluntary and public sectors.  We support a range of dance groups open for anyone to join. We attract artists from across the country to come and train in Cheshire and we create and promote enticing dance projects and events with everyone involved.

Through our extensive programme of events, training, workshops and classes, Cheshire Dance has become a leader in inclusive dance practice, specialising in involving people who otherwise face inequalities of opportunity in the arts, or social, health, educational or financial barriers.

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