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Scottish Ballet: Time to Dance

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SB Health includes programmes that support the lifecycle, including three programmes for people living with neurological conditions; Dance for Parkinson's Scotland, dementia-friendly Time to Dance and Elevate(c), for people living with multiple sclerosis. As well as two wellbeing programmes for young people, Safe to Be Me(c) and The Close. We have also created professional development programmes for health care professionals, carers and dance artists.

Unique to Scottish Ballet, SB Health takes inspiration from our main stage productions. What you see and hear at the theatre or on screen is what moves us in the studio. If our professional dancers are moving like swans to live music, so will we. Classes incorporate social time with refreshments. Dancers are invited to dress rehearsals and company productions, with the aim being to feel a part of the greater Scottish Ballet community.

In 2017, Scottish Ballet launched a three-year programme of dementia-friendly dance activities called Time to Dance. The project has been developed for and with people living with dementia; including caregivers, family members, friends, dance education and health professionals. Now, in its third year of delivery, our Time to Dance programme has 43 participants on a weekly class register and has engaged a further 838 participations from people living in care homes across Scotland. Scottish Ballet worked in partnership with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to undertake a robust evaluation of the programme, led by Dr. Bethany Whiteside.

The three-year evaluation aimed to:

* explore the narrative, framework and efficacy of the model of practice developed by the company

* understand the social and emotional experiences of all groups of dancers involved The final report will be publicly available soon. To learn more about SB Health please visit or contact

Time to Dance is supported by: Life Changes Trust, Baillie Gifford, The Robertson Trust, Norman and Pam Murray, Ed and Jean Murray and anonymous patrons. 
#International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
#International Dementia Conference

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