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Breathe Project - Merseyside Dance Initiative
MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

Breathe Project

This pioneering arts and health project uses dance and movement to bring relief to people living with Asthma, COPD and other long term conditions or chronic pain.

          BREATHE 2014 

Breathe was originally commissioned by the Liverpool PCT in 2012. MDI and Sense of Sound delivered dance, movement and singing classes across Liverpool for  people with Asthma, COPD and chronic pain.

Since then MDI have run more courses and classes focusing on breathing, relaxation and posture in partnership with Liverpool Improvisation Clooective, The North Liverpool Breathe Easy group and Sahir House.

For a flavour for the Breathe Project and what the benefits are watch this short film produced by First Take: 


In 2014 MDI are very pleased to have been commissioned to lead an additional two Breathe courses by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, to be continuing our partnership with Sahir and to be in conversation with the Liverpool Royal Hospital about setting up a pilot scheme at their hospital.

May 6th 2014 is World Asthma Day and we will be launching the new Breathe website where you can you can find out more about the Project , watch the promo film and read the full project evaluation: http://www.breatheproject.co.uk/

Download the full Breathe Project report here

Download the report from Alder Hey Hospitals Asthma Specialist Nurses here.

"This is the most exercise I've ever done in my life..usually I just sit around at home on the computer and watch TV...this is much more fun" 

Participant Breathe Class - Alder Hey Hospital

To find out more about Breathe at Alder Hey Children's Hospital please watch this short film by Twin Vision: 

'During the last eighteen months, we have had a higher number of members on the long term sick list...  This led to a substantial number feeling depressed...the introduction of dancing has been 100% successful!

As soon as Wendy switched her music on and invited everyone to join in with her chair-based exercises and dancing, those who were reluctant decided to have a go. The transformation was terrific! As Wendy worked her magic, even those who like me who have two left feet and no sense of coordination, were able to feel like Fred Astaires and Ginger Rogers!'

Stan Cox, The North Liverpool Breathe Easy Group


'From a professional perspective I am inspired by [Maxine's] ability to connect with people and enable them to exercise and become energised, yet relaxed and feel good about themselves, leaving the group with a feeling of connectivity and warmth. [Maxine's] sessions have certainly helped to promote the cohesiveness of the group. I have witnessed people with chronic pain exercise freely in a very safe and positive environment and in a way that was such fun.

From a personal perspective I suffer from COPD and have had a recent progression of the condition. I have benefitted from the sessions by focusing on how I breathe, I felt my posture had improved after the session, I felt very relaxed and had a great sleep that night!'

Robert Downes
HIV Team Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist HIV (Community)