Richard Coaten

Dance for Dementia


Fresh from an exploratory workshop at the Mark Morris Dance Company in New York (April 9th), Richard brings different starting points for body movement and dance to inspire beginners and experienced practitioners alike in this participative workshop. These are mainly group-based approaches involving live and recorded music, reminiscence and song.


Richard is a dancer and dance movement psychotherapist with 30 years experience of working with older people. He works for the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust running a DMP service for them and is passionate about the use and importance of movement and dance for people with neurological problems and their carers. He has studied, practised, researched and published on the subject for many years. He is currently on the Governing Council of the ADMP(UK), is the UK's delegate to the European Association of Dance Therapy and is Chair of the 'Creative Minds' Collective in Calderdale. He founded and co-ordinates the first Centre of Excellence in Movement Dance & Dementia in the world, and travels extensively learning and sharing different approaches.

His recent project work, funded with support from ‘Creative Minds’ and based in Istanbul and Athens, has involved developing the use of traditional Greek and Turkish music and traditional dance in Folkloric Dance & Dementia Projects in both countries. He looks forward to developing this approach in Cyprus in October 2015 and to training DMPs in Romania in June. In April Richard visits the Mark Morris Dance Company to give a special experiential workshop for David Leventhal, and the 'Dance for PD' network internationally, on the links between Parkinson's and Dementia and how both networks might work more effectively together.

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