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Dance, Ageing and Collaborative Arts Based Research

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ISBN 9781032197555
December 21, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dance, Ageing and Collaborative Arts Based Research contributes a critical and comprehensive perspective on the role of the arts—specifically dance—in enhancing the lives of older people.

The book focuses on the development of an innovative arts-based program for older adults and the collaborative process of exploring and understanding its impact in relation to ageing, social inclusion, and care. It offers a wide audience of readers a richer understanding of the role of the arts in ageing and life enrichment, critical contributions to theories of ageing and care, specific approaches to arts-based collaborative research, and an exploration of the impact of Sharing Dance from the perspective of older adults, artists, researchers, and community leaders.

Given the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this book, it will be of interest across health, social science, and humanities disciplines, including gerontology, sociology, psychology, geography, nursing, social work, and performing arts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Rachel Herron and Mark Skinner

2. Canada’s National Ballet School and the evolution of Sharing Dance

Rachel Bar and John Dalrymple

3. A creative collaboration in arts-based ageing research

Mark Skinner and Rachel Bar

4. Critical reflections on arts for ageing, dementia, and health

Rachel Bar and Pia Kontos

5. Advancing age and dementia-related social inclusion through Sharing Dance

Rachel Herron, Sheila Novek and Verena Menec

6. Voices and lived experiences of Sharing Dance

Rachel Bar, Margaret Dunphy, Rachel Herron, Ruth Snider, Whitney Strachan and Craig Wingrove

7. Challenging the culture of dementia care through Sharing Dance

Pia Kontos and Alisa Grigorovich

8. Technological glitches and creative interactions in Sharing Dance research

An Kosurko, Ilkka Arminen and Melisa Stevanovic

9. On the community dimensions and dynamics of Sharing Dance

Verena Menec, Mark Skinner and An Kosurko

10. Future directions for collaborative arts-based ageing research

Rachel Bar and Rachel Herron

Coda: Sharing Dance with older adults during COVID-19

Sheena Campbell, Cassy Borth, Jenn Kairies and Jennifer Killing

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Rachel Herron is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University, Canada, and the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health. Her current research examines the vulnerability and complexity of care relationships, social inclusion, and meaningful engagement for people living with dementia and the diversity of lived experiences of rural mental health.

Rachel Bar is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s professional ballet program and danced professionally before attending university. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology as a Vanier Scholar at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Trent University, Canada. Her research explores the benefits of dance for older adult populations and the utility of arts-based knowledge translation of health research.

Mark Skinner is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Trent University, Canada, where he is also Professor of Geography. A leading rural gerontology scholar, he is the past Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care and was the founding Director of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society.