School of Health in Social Science

CREATE Dance for Dementia

CREATE Dance for Dementia is a one-year project seeking to Cocreate a REsearch Agenda To facilitate Equitable Dance for Dementia. We are running a series of research workshops to bring together those living with dementia, carers, researchers and dance organisations to advance our understanding of rights-based ways of working in research on dance for dementia.

Photo Christina Riley
Background to the project

It has been suggested that dance is particularly beneficial for those living with dementia in relation to improving quality of life and wellbeing. However, research has tended to focus on the ‘impact’ of dance, with less emphasis on improving and understanding research processes. This is, in part, a consequence of the policy landscape which requires dance organisations to demonstrate their societal impact, alongside a limited capacity to engage in understanding sustainable, collaborative methodological ways of working. This project is about understanding and optimising research processes in dance for dementia in a new way: in partnership with those living with dementia.

What we are doing

We want to run the CREATE Dance for Dementia workshops as a way to provide an opportunity for those living with dementia, researchers and dance organisations to come together at the early stage of planning future research collaborations to dance together and identify priorities for future collaborative investigation. This will include cocreating a collaborative research agenda which will provide a foundation for future research funding.

Through a series of workshops, we will:

  1. Provide opportunities to dance and get creative to explore ideas with those living with dementia, researchers, family members and carers
  2. Engage in discussions and arts-based activities to talk about what the future of dance for dementia research might look like
  3. Identify the key gaps and priorities in the field of dance and dementia, setting out a collaborative research agenda which can provide a foundation for future research funding.
Join us

Are you interested in engaging in dance activities? Would you like to contribute to the future of research in the field of dance for dementia? Then this is the project for you!

Our first workshop will take place in-person on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh (13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT). If you are a person living with dementia, a carer or family member, dance organisation, dancer, researcher, policymaker or student, we would love you to join us. The workshop will include a free lunch and reasonable travel expenses for people living with dementia will be covered.

To apply to attend the workshop, simply click here to fill in our application form

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Katey WarranPlease note that the workshop will be open to all those who are interested in the topic of dance for dementia, but places will be limited.



This project is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and is a partnership of ECRED, Dance Base, Scottish Ballet and Capital Theatres. (Photo credit: Christina Riley.)