1 year milestone: Since its release in March 2016, an estimated one quarter of a million aged care residents now have access to Sitdance in Australia and New Zealand.  Follow Sitdance on Facebook, by clicking button on the left.


Watch this 3-minute trailer to learn more.

Dancing is one of the great joys of life.  Aged care residents remember dancing to their hearts content when they were young. They can do so again with an appropriate designed repertoire.

Sitdance offers effective dances that stimulate memory, change moods, and move body and soul. It is more than just exercise. It is dance! Dance makes us feel human (again). Sitdance is based on three unique core concepts that sets it apart from other programmes.

The first programme Sitdance Downunder is a complete dance course. It has a robust pedagogy (teaching methodology). It is easy to implement and a cost effective resource for lifestyle and activities staff. High- and lowcare residents, and those living dementia enjoy Sitdance Downunder.


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 that sets 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.

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. 

Full tutorial + dance sample

This is a full tutorial and dance sample from the Sitdance Downunder programme. It is the iconic Australian song Waltzing Matilda. If you have streaming capabilities, you can try this dance with your participants. Please note that doing this dance to a different musical version will not work due to tempo and musical structure differences. Click here to view the sample.

DVD resources

SQ_01Sitdance produces professional DVD resources that enable lifestyle staff to implements Sitdance. For more about features, content, costs, and purchase options click here.

A session with Marcel 

SQ_02'Sitdance with Marcel' is a great entertainment activity for your residents. It is a unique opportunity for lifestyle staff to see the master in action. Click here to read more.

Professional Development Day

SQ_01The DVDs are effective ‘push play and dance’ tools. However, much more can be achieved when teaching sitdance in person. Professional development training with creator Marcel Baaijens will enable you to take sitdance to the next level by maximizing the potential built into the programmes. Click here to read more.

'Sitdance means a lot to us'

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

'The Empty Teacup Party'

What happens when you have had too much tea? A fun 2-minute video filmed in Perth, Australia and produced by Sitdance. Click on the image to start the video.

The making of Waltzing Matilda'

A short video about the recording of music, and filming of the dance for Waltzing Matilda. Click on the image to start the video.

Sitdance on National TV (4:00)

In 1989, some six months after Sitdance was born, Television New Zealand made this lovely TV-item. Sitdance went viral throughout New Zealand and made it a national success. Marcel still had red hair, oh and the infamous legwarmers that were so fashionable in those day. Click on the image to start the video.

Nontropolis trailer

About Nontropolis

As our elders move into care facilities, they live among people with whom they have no shared history or culture. This can result in a sense of alienation. Nontropolis shares global cultural events that strengthen a sense of community and identity, so our displaced elders can belong to Nontropolis, a place that is nowhere and everywhere at the same time, a place that is home to creator Marcel Baaijens. Click here to visit the Nontropolis website

What does Nontropolis offer?

  • free armchair travel 
  • free e-postcards
  • where is Marcel? map
  • armchair travel resources
  • creativity resources
  • photography

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