• Learn how to use rhythm as non-verbal tool for connection and communication. 
  • A workshop for family members and care staff of people with advanced dementia. 
  • Click here for more in English or in het Nederlands!

 

  • Sitdance resources for Activity Coordinators
  • For use with nursing home residents
  • Courses with multiple sessions that build on each other
  • Subtle progression from session to session enable elders to learn effortlessly at their pace
  • No training required, the expertise is on the video, just push play and dance
  • In DVD or download formats.

Click here for more, or buy now. (please note Sitdance Downunder is sold out, available again late 2018)

'Sitdance Downunder' trailer 3:00 min.

  • Complete Sitdance course
  • Filmed in the Outback of Australia
  • Suitable for low care to early memory care residents
  • Course of 7 sessions, 30 minutes each
  • Based on 7 dances: with tutorials, dance with voice over memory support, and quick reviews
  • Download (DVDs sold out, back late 2018)
  • See trailer below
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'Dance to Remember' trailer 3:00 min.

  • 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
  • Download or 2DVDs
  • See trailer below
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'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.

I can never afford the copyrights for this tune, so it will never become part fo a future programme, as much as I would love to. If  you have a copy, learn the choreography from this video and use it with your residents.

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.

A testimony

A short testimonial from a Diversional Therapist in New Zealand, who has used Sitdance since 1988! Click on the image to start the video.

Benefits of Sitdance

Sitdance brings participants to life, lets them reminisce, socialise, express emotions, feel good about themselves, feel whole and human, connect with others, and it is an enjoyable form of physical exercise of course. Click here to read more.

 3 Core concepts that work

'Meaningful movements', 'expecting 100% participation', and 'creative adaptations' are the three unique core concepts thatsets it apart from other programmes, particularly from those that are only exercise focussed.  Click here to read more.

 Independent Research

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.

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Sitdance produces professional video resources that enable activities staff to implements Sitdance. Videos are available as DVDs and download/streaming licences. For more about features, content, costs, and purchase options click here.

 About Creator Marcel Baaijens

 Marcel Baaijens (MSc, M.A.A.E., LVB Cert.) is a holistic, 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 more. 

 

 

 

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