Vivacity Dance for People with Dementia

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Vivacity! – Dance for People with Dementia

Belconnen Arts Centre
Wednesdays > 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Tuesdays > 10:30am – 11:30am

Term 3 | 23 July –28 September
Term 4 | 15 October – 21 December

Our wonderful dance group unanimously agreed to call themselves ‘Vivacity!’ meaning “the quality or state of being full of energy and good spirits.”

This joint initiative between Dementia Australia and Belconnen Arts Centre is providing the first regular dance program in the ACT for people living with Dementia, and their carer. Vivacity! takes place at Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre during the ACT school terms, comprised of 10 weeks each term. Classes include a variety of different dance and movement activities seated, standing beside a chair, and then moving independently if appropriate, always to fabulous music. Classes will be led by the inspiring teaching team of Gretel Burgess, Jacqui Simmonds and/or Philip Piggin, with guest teachers, and are attended by members of the Dementia Australia team.

Research clearly validates the importance of regular exercise for healthy ageing, and dance wins the prize! This class will work your body and your brain, with music and laughter to accompany us all the way. Vivacity! is not ‘dance therapy’, instead it is aimed at providing a dance class that offers a gentle workout for the brain and the body, resulting in positive emotional responses, increased mobility, elevated quality of life and opportunities for relaxation for both people living with dementia and their carers. Scientists have discovered the neurological benefits of dance and movement, and it has been found that the mental coordination that dance requires activates several brain regions which can strengthen neural connections and can improve memory.

Coverage of Vivacity! – Dance for People with Dementia by 9 News.

Costs >

$5 | Per person, per class

Pay on the day. Companion Card holders receive free admission for a support companion.

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Wear clothing that is comfortable and suitable for moving in, wear light shoes and do bring a bottle of water. All participants should have reasonable mobility – please bring your 4-wheel walker or walking stick if required. People with Dementia must be accompanied by a carer throughout the sessions. Maximum class size is 24 participants – and bookings are essential.

Contact Creative Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or on (02) 6173 3300, or Dementia Australia on (02) 6255 0722 or at

Program supported by Dementia Australia, ACT Health, National Health Co-op, Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Vivacity! is part of the Dance for Wellbeing program at Belconnen Arts Centre.