MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

Move on Up Past Projects

MDI runs a very popular, friendly dance class for people aged 50 and over, called 50 Moves. See the class timetable for more information.

MDI runs a very popular, friendly dance class for people aged 50 and over, called 50 Moves. See the class timetable for more information. 

On 13th September the group performed as part of The Elixir Festival celebrated, lifelong creativity and the legacy of older artists whose catalogue of work has changed the art form and continues to influence the future of dance.  50 Moves were selected to be part of the Extracts Programme that ran alongside the main programme in Sadler's Wells.  It was an amazing opportunity for the group to share their work, see and meet other people creating work and perform at Sadler's Wells!

The group performed amazingly on the day.  The piece performed 'Made and Lost', which was a remembrance of the people of the first world war, and the relationships that were made and lost.  The performance was touching, with the rustle for tissues spreading through the audience.

Our dancing days are (not) done...
Rachel Rogers, Project Development Manager, MDI, reports on their health and wellbeing work with older people from the Caribbean community in Liverpool. Article  featured in Animated magazine Read on

MDI’s project development manager Rachel Rogers successfully applied for a 2012 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, in the category of Arts and Older People (supported by the Baring Foundation) to research dance projects in the USA for older people and how to make the shift from community practice to great performance work. Her experiences will be used to shape existing and future projects on Merseyside and further afield.

You can read Rachel’s blog at and the final report from her trip here 

Redholme Memory Care, Mossley Hill, September - November 2010 

MDI delivered a successful 10-week project with a group of 10 service users comprising day care users and residents, all who suffer from dementia, these sessions actively promoted all 5 ways to wellbeing. Sessions aimed to engage the participants in dance and movement activity and to test if it was possible to measure levels of engagement in individuals during the sessions. As this was a test project for the home and for MDI it was agreed that any measurements would be taken through observation of participants. The project comprised 10 sessions with 10 participants in each session. There were 3 female and 7 male participants in the sessions and individuals were aged between 65 and 88. There was a mix of 5 day care users and 5 residents.

MDI decided to use film as an evaluative tool for this project and have produced two short films as a result of the sessions. One film Echoes, is a snapshot of the work undertaken during the project and acts as a promotional tool for dance and movement work in dementia care.


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