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Using dance for health: a short online free course

Coleg Sir Gâr is running a short course in Arts and Health Awareness which is online and free to those who are eligible for funding.

The college’s Creative Industries section is working in partnership with Wales Wide Training Programme, Rubicon Dance and Heidi Wilson, a freelance experienced dance practitioner to deliver the course in July.

The course is running from Monday July 5 to Thursday July 8 from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm each day online, using Zoom.

The aim of the course is to raise awareness of the current context of health and wellbeing in the arts (dance) in Wales as a possible future career direction. 

It is targeted at those working in dance across Wales, those who have been furloughed and those who have been negatively impacted by the economy to gain higher level skills or are earning under the average income. 

The course is funded by the Welsh Government’s Personal Learning Account (PLA) scheme and criteria and eligibility is listed below. 

The four-day course which is split into morning and afternoon sessions has a number of guest speakers including Sally Lewis from Arts Council of Wales and Angela Rogers from Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network. 

Case studies will also be explored looking at how people have benefited from using dance to live well with Parkinson’s and those who are stroke survivors. These will be incorporated within the sessions where a mix of sharing, discussions and practical approaches will take place.  

Tracey Brown, mentoring, training, development leader at Rubicon Dance said: “Rubicon Dance and Wales Wide Training Programme are thrilled to be able to work with Coleg Sir Gâr to offer a course in the ever growing and exciting area of arts and health across Wales.

“There is a clear need for recent graduates who have the potential and interest in this area of work plus those who are currently working in dance and the arts but not necessarily in arts and health to come together and be inspired by and learn from experienced practitioners, artists and policy makers.

“As expected, there has been a great demand for the course and on completion people will be sign-posted to further training and development through Wales Wide Training Programme.”

Christy Anson-Harries, section leader and dance lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr added: “This is an ideal opportunity for those wanting to explore the use of art in a health context.

“The arts have been deeply affected by the pandemic but art isn’t just about entertainment.

“Arts and Health is a way of broadening its use in a positive and holistic way as a means of providing health support with a preventative, management and rehabilitative approach.”

For further information on the Arts and Health Awareness course or to register interest, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WWTP Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s CPD – Photo credit Paul Whittaker