RIPE Dance is currently developing a suite of workshops to offer dance and health practitioners as well as aged care activity leaders, diversional therapists and other residential care personnel who would like to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance for older people with mobility issues (including those with dementia) for improved health, wellbeing and quality of life in both community and residential care settings.

Leading Dance for People in Aged Care

The series of workshops begins with a focus on dance for people in aged care with a one-day introductory workshop with the option to then attend all or any of three 3-hour monthly follow-up mentoring and further enrichment workshops to assist participants implement and deliver dance activities in their place of work.  NO DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARYClick here for more details.

Gail Hewton has been delivering her classes at Carramar since 2013.  Gail brings a special blend of professionalism, enthusiasm and demonstrates a keen attention to detail.  Her classes have been an unequivocal success with an unwavering following and the best individual participation rate that I have experienced in my seven years at Carramar.  Her classes have been perfectly safe and appropriate to the needs of those attending.  The benefits to residents are documented in research for this method of therapy but a quality that supersedes that is feeling of joy left in the individuals who participate, this is a great way to add some meaningful improvement to our seniors’ day.  Craig Barnes, Diversional Therapist, Carramar

Further workshops focusing on dance for older people in community settings will be offered at a later date.

If you are interested and would like to receive information about these professional development opportunities please contact Gail Hewton on 0411 720 391 or email