A Merry Sitdance Christmas, have a well deserved break and see you in the New year. Here is a little Sitdance Christmas gift: Feel free to use this choreography for non-commercial purposes. Just get your own copy of the music. Please attribute Marcel Baaijens and Sitdance for the choreography. Thank you for all your support.
‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ Technique
by Marcel Baaijens
Rhythm is first experienced in the womb and one of the last memories to go. It is a non-verbal ‘language’ we can use to connect and interact with people with advanced dementia, especially at a time when verbal communication is diminishing. Applied as a simple dance the technique activates voice, body and soul.
Music and songs provide a structure and lifts spirits. Simple hand dances provide physical connection, a meaningful occupation of time and expression to music. ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ is beneficial to both giver and receiver. It will bring joy to family visits and caring situations.
The ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ technique combines principles of Base Stimulation, Holistic Pulsing, and Sitdance to effectively establish human interactions and meaningful connections. It is person-centred, intuitive, and easy to learn.
A 2-hour workshop with creator Marcel Baaijens will teach you the ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ principles and empower you to put the technique into practice. Workshops are available on request. To request a workshop or find out if one is held near you visit www.sitdance.com or the Sitdance Facebook page or contact Marcel through the contact form of this site.
Marcel is currently travelling through Australia and is available for ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ workshops and Sitdance sessions. His travel schedule is roughly as follows:
Jan-mid Feb: Greater Melbourne area
Late Feb: South of Sydney
March: North of Sydney + Central Coast + Tamworth + Gold Coast + Brisbane
April: New Zealand
May: The Netherlands
About the Workshop:
1. Workshop content:
• Arriving, intention setting, warming-up, loosening-up
• Appreciating a half full glass
• How to approach and connect with someone non-verbally
• Person centered approach: learning to ‘read’ body language
• The basics of rhythms
• The basics of music and songs
• Sensing limitations and possibilities
2. Workshop objectives:
• The workshop will teach the basic skills from the various disciplines that make up ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ technique
• The workshop is experiential in nature, meaning you get to experience the technique first hand, so the learning experience will be stored in both brain and muscle memory
• The workshop will empower you to implement the technique using your own choice of music as deemed suitable for the person you will be engaging with.
3. Workshop outcomes:
• You will know how to approach a person with advanced dementia for the purpose of a ‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ session
• You will know how to use non-verbally cues to determine what to do next as part of a person-centred approach
• You will know how music and songs can be used to establish a meaningful interaction and connection between yourself and somebody with advanced dementia
• You will know how to intuitively ascertain the limitations and possibilities of a session.
4. Workshop facilitator Marcel Baaijens
Marcel Baaijens is a multi-creative Dutch New Zealander. He is a certified dance tutor (LBV Cert. Netherlands), a qualified art educator (M.A.A.E. School of the Art Institute, Chicago) and architect (MSc in Architecture, University of Delft, Netherlands). He also trained in Holistic Pulsing, a New Zealand healing modality, Interactive Drawing Therapy (a New Zealand client centered art therapy modality) and Dementia Essentials, Dementia Training Australia.
Marcel has over 30 years experience as a dance and art educator. He is the Founder, Developer, and Director of Sitdance, (world-wide), Founder, Developer, and Coordinator of the world’s first inclusive tertiary art education programme, (New Zealand), and Founder, Developer, and Director of innovative art programmes in New Zealand, Slovakia, and U.S.A.
Marcel dedicates his life to provide access to dance and art to those with limited access with the aim to offer participants opportunities for self-expression and wellbeing. He works globally. He is a keen photographer. You can follow his journeys, stories and photography through the Nontropolis and Sitdance Facebook pages and websites.
I have a great idea for an iconic Waltzing Matilda LipDub for an aged care facility. This will be a great activity for residents and staff, a great team-building opportunity and wonderful PR video for your facility or Corporate Group your facility may belong to. I expect that the production will take two days (rehearsals 1 day and shoot second day). If you don’t know what a LipDub is, have a look at the example below. It will be soo much fun, boost self-esteem and fulfil age old dreams of becoming a movie star. I will choreograph, direct, shoot and edit the lip dub. You may need to provide some props and the people. It will be an exclusive one-off choreography.
My availability: weekends and Christmas period
Till Christmas: Adelaide area
Xmas-mid feb: Greater Melbourne area
Late Feb-early March: Sydney and Central Coast
Late March: Gold coast/ Brisbane
If you are interested message me :).
Sample of a LipDub (not by me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebD_drWYVaI&t=60s
Most people travel from A to B, Tomorrow I will travel from A to A: Amsterdam to Adelaide. I will begin a 4 months tour of urban Australia (ADL,MEL,SYD, BNE) to promote Dance to Remember and offer short evening courses in the band new ‘Rhythm Beats (dementia) Blues’ methodology. In the video below you can see me in action during an improvised afternoon of music, singing and dancing in a Greek care home on the island of Syros, Greece. If you are interested in a demo session, or training or the Dance to remember DVD, get in touch. I would love to hear from you. https://youtu.be/4oNwsAhzZxs