Dancing for life: an evaluation of a UK rural dance programme

STICKLEY, Theodore, PAUL, Keyna, CROSBIE, Brian, WATSON, Michael and SOUTER, Gary (2015). Dancing for life: an evaluation of a UK rural dance programme. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53 (2), 68-75.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14635240.2014.942438
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This study is an independent evaluation of a programme of dance activities provided in rural Lincolnshire in the UK over a 30 month period. Mixed methods were used including a questionnaire to elicit demographic data as well as attitudes about health and well-being; individual interviews and focus groups. A total of 34 new dance classes were established, 13 new leaders were trained and 1964 adults participated. The majority of participants were women over the age of 50 who were not in work. The evidence indicates that the participants developed strong personal, physical and social outcomes, especially a sense of improved well being, new friendships and enjoyment. Community based dance activities can be effective in promoting a sense of well-being in rural communities. This particular programme has been delivered over a wide geographic area and across socio-economic boundaries. There is evidence from this independent evaluation that the programme has been successful in meeting its aims.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted: 3 Jul 2014
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/14635240.2014.942438
Depositing User: Gary Souter
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 12:15
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 17:11
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8453

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