We passionately believe that art has a powerful impact on health and wellbeing. Our work with hospitals includes partnerships that have lasted for over 25 years.
We work with hospitals across London to provide performances and workshops in atriums, admission, and reception areas, and within the wards. Our specially trained dance artists work with all ages from young children on the pediatric wards, to older adults and those with long term health conditions; as well as visitors, and the NHS staff. These performances and workshops are designed for large groups as well as a more intimate experience for smaller groups or individuals.
Our Dance Well sessions are highly responsive, delivered and adapted for specific audiences in sensitive environment. The artists read the mood of the room on the day and modify their content and mode of delivery to either invigorate or soothe the audience. For those patients who are not able to attend a group workshop due to physical or cognitive impairment, we bring dance to their bedside that allows them and their families to still engage in a creative activity. It’s even more fun when the ward staff joins them!
Although some patients may only attend once due to discharge from hospital, these sessions not only offer moments of respite but have the potential to ignite or reignite a person’s interest in the arts and therefore encourage further engagement in future.
During COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to provide respite through our specially adapted performance format in accordance with the Government safety guidelines. We created video content for remote access and whenever in-person delivery was possible, the artist wore masks while performing.
“I was in terrible pain feeling extremely anxious, I now feel so much better. Your beautiful dancing was an inspiration, it completely changed the energy in the room.”Patient, Chelsea Westminster Hospital
We believe that art has a powerful impact on health and wellbeing. We have seen:
“It’s good work you do. It’s actually really good therapy, it helps the patients to get better quicker. I always sing to them and dance with my patients. If they’re cheerful it also helps them get better quicker.”Nurse in Newham Hospital
We either partner directly with the hospitals or with their respective associated charities. Our current partners are:
If you’d like to know more about the programmes or would like to partner with us, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The feedback was heart-warming, patients said it put a smile on their faces, that it was beautiful to watch”Dance Well artist
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (CW+ charity)
- West Middlesex University Hospital (CW+ charity)
- Guys and St Thomas Hospital (Breathe Arts Health Research)
- St George’s University Hospital (St George’s Hospital Charity)
- Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals (rb&h Arts)
- Imperial College Healthcare (Imperial Health Charity)
- Barts Health NHS Trust (VitalArts)
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Free Charity)