‘Dance & Creative Wellness’

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The ‘Dance & Creative Wellness’ Foundation

is a non-profit European Body created by and for professional artists to provide a united, inclusive ‘voice’ for individuals, researchers and companies developing ground-breaking quality artistic work in ‘applied-dance’. More and more dance artists are now working in areas related to dance and health, bringing an artistic approach that is socially, mentally and physically engaging. Recently, policies such as social prescribing or arts on prescription are beginning to recognize the value and potential that resides within the artistic community.

Among others, examples of where dance artists are now sharing their expertise are:

  • Dance and mental well-being
  • Dance and social inclusion
  • Dance and disability
  • Dance in hospital settings
  • Dance and Parkinson’s 
  • Dance and MS
  • Dance and dementia
  • Dance for Cancer patients

The Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation was initiated by Clare Guss-West and Andrew Greenwood and launched at our first forum of exchange in Amsterdam with the generous support of the Dutch National Ballet & Opera in 2016. Subsequent Dance and Creative Wellness Forums have partnered with other prestigious hosts such as Staatsballett Berlin, Germany; Sadler’s Wells & Ballet Rambert, UK; Ballet Preljocaj, France and Konzert Theater Bern, Switzerland. Our Forums aim to bring together dance institutions, practitioners, healthcare innovators, health insurers and policy makers in a lively exchange of dialogue, dance experience and ideas. These Forums are ‘think tank’ and brainstorming opportunities; they bring key stakeholders together to move the field of dance forward in order to address global health and well-being challenges. 

We have also championed dance as a proactive response to public health concerns at The European Parliament in Brussels. In this climate of global health epidemics and an ever increasing ageing population, bodies such as the World Health Organization, The World Economic Forum and the EU Health Strategy coalition call out for innovation and quantum leaps in healthcare. The partners of The Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation uphold that dance has an important role to play in addressing these issues.

For more in-depth information, please see our Policy Plan.

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