Activating voice, body, and soul!
1. An early to moderate memory loss care programme:
- Complete Sitdance course
- Filmed in the Outback of Australia
- Suitable for early to moderate memory care residents
- Course of 4 sessions, 30 minutes each
- Based on 7 dances: with tutorials, dance with voice over memory support
- See trailer below
- Buy now.
2. A moderate to more advanced memory loss care programme:
- Complete 'Sing 'n' Sitdance' course
- Lyrics are memory support
- Suitable for memory care residents (90 beats per minute)
- Course of 7 sessions, 30 minutes each
- Based on 7 dances, tutorials, dances with voice over memory support, and quick reviews
- 2 DVDs
- See trailer below
- Buy now.
Sasha-Beth Wong from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland conducted independent research in 2013.
Her research found that Sitdance is as effective as standing exercise, improves fitness and moods,
and support the use of sitdance.
Click here to read more.
About creator Marcel Baaijens
Marcel Baaijens is a professional dance and art educator with over 30 years of international experience.
He is the creator, producer, and presenter of Sitdance.
Click here to read about Marcel's story.
'The Empty Teacup Party'
I was keen to record elders singing one of their favourite songs for a Sitdance. We tried, but singing for fun and singing for a microphone are two different things. Too much tea does not help either. In the end the pressure was too much and I had to abandon my attempt.
But I had barely packed away my recording equipment when they spontaneously started to sing. Luckily I had my iPhone handy to capture the moment. In the end they got their moment of fame. Filmed in Perth, Australia, 2016.
50 of Marcel's cousins Sitdance in a square in Amsterdam.
50 of Marcel's maternal cousins (yes, he has more), sitdanced to their hearts content one Sunday morning in Amsterdam. The last time they got together was 13 years ago, but that does not stop them from having a good time. Keep an eye out for a Romanian spectator you could not resist to join in. This shows you don't have to be an elder to enjoy Sitdance.
The making of Waltzing Matilda'
A lot of work goes into the production on one 'simple' Sitdance. First there is the idea, then the choreography, then the music. Once that is on place it is time to find a suitable film location, with the sun in the right place, at the right time of day, preferably without 37 flies bothering you. Once that is done the post production can begin, such as recording voiceover instructions and editing it all together.
This short video shows the making fo 'Waltzing Matilda'. Two talented high school musicians near Adelaide beautifully performed the music. The students were such masters at their craft that only one take was required.
I filmed the tutorials at 3 different locations. The one featured here was all going very well till the wind picked up and blew my hat into the water behind me. I quickly stopped the camera, jumped in to the water to safe my hat from being snapped up by a pelican.
Sitdance on TV in 1989
Six months after Sitdance was launched in 1988 it appeared on National television. A crew filmed during an afternoon tea dance for 200 elders from the Wellington region in New Zealand. I had invited the elders to an afternoon tea dance so they could see for themselves how many people were enjoying Sitdance. They had a blast, and so did I. The TV crew also filmed at Sprot House in wellington, one of the many resthomes where I taught weekly Sitdance sessions.
The TV programme created a nation-wide interest and even in Australia. It was impossible to offer weekly sessions all over the country. Training local staff on how to use my programme was the only way. I produced the first DVD resources in 1989 and trained anybody who wanted to learn how to use Sitdance. I presented at many national conferences and aged care related events.
After about 5 years I had practically been to every part fo New Zealand and most nursing homes were using Sitdance on a regular basis. My work was done and I went on to pursue a Master in Art and Art education in Chicago, but the interest in the Sitdance remained. After a career in art education I decided returned to Sitdance in 2015 to produce new content.
Enjoy the historic video above. You may not recognise me as I no longer have red hair and a moustache. The leg warmers have gone too.