Category Archives: Dance and Wellbeing

CfP Well-Being 2016 conference

Call for Papers NOW OPEN – Deadline Sunday 10th April 2016

WELL-BEING 2016: Co-Creating Pathways to Well-Being, The Third International
Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being

Hosted by Birmingham City University, Monday 5th September – Tuesday 6th
September, 2016

This year Well-Being 2016 explores the multi-dimensions of well-being focusing on the
achievements of well-being through collaboration – ‘to co-create experiences which are
positive and meaningful to the individual’.

We aim to provide a platform for dialogue between academics and practitioners,
knowledge exchange and methodological exploration through a combination of keynote
speakers, breakout sessions and workshops.

*Key Themes*
•       Children’s well-being
•       Nature based solutions towards well-being
•       The context of the medical humanities
•       Recording, representing and evaluating the positive experience
•       Mentoring for well-being
•       Visioning and future thinking of well-being scenarios

*Abstracts invited for*
•       Posters
•       Papers (between 1500 and 3000 words)
•       Interactive Workshops (45 – 60 mins)

Abstracts for all presentation types may be exploratory in nature or consider the findings
of existing studies drawn from academia or practice. They need to address issues
relating to well-being, where we are particularly interested to consider new and
innovative work, and presented in relation to the type of presentation, the results and
their significance.

Authors should provide a clear and brief outline of the paper, including identifying
Objectives, Methodology, Results, and Conclusion. For interactive workshops, authors
should also explain the activity and the necessary logistics and resources to do so.

*Abstracts submission*
Abstracts for all presentation types (250 words) should be submitted through
Abstracts and papers will be blind peer reviewed. All papers, posters and workshops will
be included in the conference proceedings with an assigned ISBN.

*Conference highlights*
•       Keynote speakers
•       Papers (for electronic publishing as proceedings)
•       Conference presentations
•       Posters
•       Interactive workshops
•       Delegate pack
•       Lunch
•       Delegate dinner
•       Opportunities for networking
•       Pre-conference tours

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Call for submissions: the therapeutic and wellbeing applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, a peer-reviewed, open access journal, invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to Dalcroze Eurhythmics to appear in Summer 2016.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics was initially developed in Europe around the turn of the twentieth-century as a radical and progressive approach to music education and wellbeing through music. It is now found internationally in educational, performance, community, rehabilitation and other therapeutic settings. It is techniques and approaches are used across the lifespan, from ameliorating motor control and attention in children with ADHD to maintaining gait and reducing the risk of falls in elderly people.

This volume of Approaches will be the first peer-reviewed journal to look specifically at the therapeutic and wellbeing applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Given Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s (1865-1950) statements a century ago that his method aimed at bringing about mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing through social and physically active musicking, this is long overdue.

We invite practitioners and researchers to submit original research articles, viewpoints, book reviews, interviews and conference reports for consideration. The journal welcomes writing in any intellectual or methodological tradition and is interested in historical, theoretical and philosophical research as much as qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches to Dalcroze Eurhythmics in practice.

Approaches welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world and authors of any nationality. Although submissions should be written in English or Greek, if neither of these is your first language, the editor and his team will be able to offer help as appropriate.

Papers should be at least 2000 words in length, excluding references and supplementary material. Guidelines for authors can be found online.

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2015

To submit your paper, or discuss your ideas prior to submission, please contact:

Dr John Habron (Guest Editor)
Giorgos Tsiris (Editor-in-Chief)

Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward, 27 Oct

On Tuesday 27 October 2015, English National Ballet and research partner University of Roehampton will hold a symposium, Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward, exploring the case for dance in health programming with presentation of new research arising from ENB’s Dance for Parkinson’s national programme and opportunities for creative dialogue through a moderated discussion with partners involved in ENB’s programme, and representatives from the health and cultural sectors. The afternoon will be live-streamed and can be accessed by going to the ENB website

Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward

English National Ballet’s (ENB) Dance for Parkinson’s programme was inspired by the work of Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® in Brooklyn, New York. Since initiating the programme in 2010, ENB’s model and approach has been artistically driven, encompassing the practice and repertory of ENB. The programme has also included a structured training programme for practitioners wishing to engage in developing Dance for Parkinson’s classes, providing a model for practice, professional development and cultural engagement across the country. Since 2012, and with the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the model has been rolled out nationally through four strategic hub partnerships: Oxford City Council, MDI, DanceEast and National Dance Company Wales.

In 2011, ENB commissioned a ground breaking piece of research to provide evidence of impact on the benefits of dance for people living with Parkinson’s led by Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill (MSc), from the University of Roehampton. Their initial findings have resulted in a new piece of research English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s An Investigative Study Part 2, and provides the first longitudinal piece of evidence on the impact of the programme over the past three years, examining the long term benefits of dance, physically, socially and as a contributor to quality of life and well-being.