GMA supports and advocates for dance with a focus on enhancing health and wellbeing for a better quality of life using evidence informed approaches without losing the essence of the dance.
GMA is committed to becoming a “go-to” source for progressing the field of dance for older people.
GMA provides dance, fitness, health and care practitioners with current, up-to-date and forward-thinking techniques and strategies to develop your practice. From professional development including online learning and face-to-face workshops, blog posts, resources and more, GMA is leading the way.
We are inclusive and encourage various genres and styles of dance and teaching approaches. Our objective is to have practitioners adapt their practice for this demographic, particularly to incorporate principles that address falls prevention, mental health and social connectedness. These are major issues that often accompany ageing and can be life threatening or can seriously decrease quality of life. Dance has the power to directly impact these issues.
There are many ways dance can be offered to older people to benefit their health and wellbeing. We are keen to introduce dance to settings where older people may find themselves. GMA believes there is opportunity for dance to be incorporated into the offerings of dance, fitness, health and care practitioners. What dance content and how it is delivered will depend on the purpose of the dance; the context and setting; as well as the dance experience and knowledge of the practitioner delivering the dance activity