These workshops are for people living with Dementia and their carers. The classes are co-run by Leila Chebbi and Maxine Brown, two professional dancers experienced in working with people with dementia, and Clare McCarol, a qualified physiotherapist from The Brain Charity.
The 12-week course is free, and both people with dementia and their carers are welcome to join in these easy-going sessions. No dance experience necessary, just come along wearing loose clothing and the will to shake a leg a little!
The aim of the sessions is to reduce the risk of trips and falls, and to use physiotherapy exercises through dance routines. The physiotherapist can give one-on-one feedback over the 12-week period, to advise participants on best practice for them. Meanwhile, our professional dancers will practice dance movements, setting the therapy to music, to help boost self-esteem and activate bodily memory in an inclusive environment.
Refreshments will be provided during the workshops, and all facilities are fully wheelchair accessible.
Sessions are two hours (2pm – 4pm) with an hour dancing 2.30pm – 3.30pm and time for social before and after.
This class is led by MDI in partnership with The Brain Charity.
Contact [email protected] or call 0151 298 2999 to reserve your place.
Please note: classes are currently taking place at Me2u Centre, Dementia Day Care Centre, Sidney Powell Avenue, Kirkby, L32 0TL.
We offer classes for all ages and abilities in our studio, ranging from Beginner’s Ballet to Professional Commercial classes. All classes are suitable for adults aged 16+ (unless otherwise stated).
We're based at 24 Hope Street, with Studio 1 on the ground floor, and Studio 2 on the first floor. Press the buzzer for Studio 1 or 2 and your teacher will let you in. There is also find an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
Please use the drop down menu at the top of the site to find the class that best suits you. You can search by age group, type of class or level, and we offer classes from Beginners to Professional level. Open Level classes are for all abilities, and teachers will offer options depending on your level (some dance experience is recommended).
Attendance & Registration
All dance classes are drop-in, and do not follow a curriculum. Participants are welcome to start a class at any point during a term, and shouldn't worry about missing a session. If you are new to a class, please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start to complete a short registration form. Information collected during registration is required for health and safety reasons only, and will not be shared externally.
What to Wear
Leggings and t-shirts or other comfortable clothes are perfect for most classes. Some classes recommend specific dance shoes, but otherwise bare feet is fine. Check with us in advance if you are unsure.
Payments & Pricing
Class prices vary, and some are subsidised through our charitable funding. All classes can be paid for on the day in cash (although some ask for payment for a full term in advance, specified on the listing).
For all classes run by MDI teachers (Beginners & Open Ballet, Beginners & Open Contemporary, Pro Class) you can purchase a 10 Class Card, which can be used across any combination of these classes. Please note that all 10 classes must be taken within one year of purchase, and cannot be used for MDI summer courses.
Our classes follow the academic year, with a reduced timetable during half-term or other holidays for Liverpool schools, and will be highlighted as such. To check school holiday dates, please visit liverpool.gov.uk