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Lifelong Dancing – Learning pathways about dance for adult educators

Lifelong Dancing – Learning pathways about dance for adult educators

The Lifelong Dancingproject is aimed to extend and to develop the educators’ competences through the use of skills related to the use of dance and body movement.

The idea is to increase the level of the quality in the pedagogical methods and to have a wider number of methodologies to be used with people with special needs. The consortium of this project believes that the use of non-formal education (dance-related activities in this case) can make a great improvement of the educators competences, of activities related to individuals needs and finally can produce good results in the field of the social inclusion work.

The project objectives cover:

  • To increase the quality of adult education organisation
  • To develop the wellbeing, self-awareness, self-esteem and mind-body integrity of people with fewer opportunities
  • To successfully use innovative formal, non-formal and educational methodology.

The result of the project is an increased professionalisation among adult educators and a better quality of the adult education in general. All project partners have conducted dance activities with their target groups and have trained other adult educators in the project methodology. 

Year(s): 2018 - 2020

Target group(s): Adult educators, trainers and staff ; Migrants and refugees, people with psychological disorders, people with physical disabilities, elderly people

Website or other online channels: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/en/ https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/bg/

Methodology

The project is targeted at transnational and intersectoral cooperation to develop, test and implement innovative methods of working with adults through dance. These innovative methods aim to generate a proposal that integrates the arts and education into a single element of social strengthening that promotes a better quality of life for people with fewer opportunities (refugees and migrants, people with psychological disorders, people with physical disabilities, elderly people, etc), favoring social inclusion, promoting a healthy lifestyle, increasing self-esteem and self-knowledge to achieve an independent life and thereby improve the decision-making of their own lives.

The activities are organised within seven workshops developed as a result of the exchange of the knowledge and experience of the five participating organisations and their research on different audiences (people that might feel excluded from society for various reasons).

Type of product

Paper-based material Online resource Video clips / Films Course / Training Mobile application

Brief description of the outcomes

Handbook for adult educators: providing descriptions of the theories behind using dance and movement theories within groups and individual sessions for adults.

In English: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/en/

In Bulgarian: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/bg/

Testing dance and movement therapy sessions in adult education field: workshops e held with the relevant target groups, which offer conclusions about the efficiency of dance activities with adults.

https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/multimedia/

Web platform: an eLearning method which increases the professional development of adult educators and the capacity at which the organisations can organise activities with adults from different backgrounds.

In English: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/en/

In Bulgarian: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/bg/

Training kit for educators: a collection of concrete curricular for dance and movement activities and sessions with adults. It includes specific descriptions for each variant of the target groups, in their respective countries.

In English: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/en/

In Bulgarian: https://lifelongdancing.aspaymcyl.org/bg/

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The project activities benefit:

  • Adult educators, trainers and staff, who work in different social fields, who are interested in using expressive techniques that favor personal development, the development of self-esteem and decision-making capacity, as well as to promote healthy lifestyles, through art, express emotions, exercise and promote social inclusion with all this.
  • Migrants and refugees, people with psychological disorders, people with physical disabilities, elderly people, etc. who want to benefit from innovative work methods through artistic therapy. The product will be implemented through workshops. They will benefit from the complete dance-based therapy package, and from all the support related to the use of the potential for change, and the development they provide.

After the project completion, all the organisations that participated in the project are able to conduct dance activities for their target group, to train other adult educators in this methodology and to have in their portfolio a great expertise in this field that merges art-therapy, non-formal education and adult education, for a increased efficiency in raising the life quality of people, no matter the culture or the social status. 

Promoter of the initiative: ASPAYM Castilla y Leon (Spain); EUNI Partners (Bulgarian partner)

Country: Bulgaria France Italy Romania Spain

Languages available: Bulgarian French Italian Romanian Spanish

Website or other online channels: https://eunipartners.com/en_gb/projects/our-projects/lifelong-dancing/ https://www.aspaymcyl.org/

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