As an activity coordinator you…
work hard, but there is still not enough time.
want to be inventive, but you run out of ideas.
want your residents to move, but they don’t like exercise.
want your residents to feel alive, but their energy levels are low.
want more skills, but have to time to train.
So let me help you…
Let me help you with saving time and effort.
Let me do the planning, the energising, the exercising.
Let me activate voice, body and soul of your residents.
Because I care about you, your work, and your residents.
Because I have the vision, the inspiration, and the ability.
Because I have time.
I use my multi-creative talents.
I draw on my personal experience with temporary memory loss.
I have 30 years experience with people with cognitive challenges.
Sitdance programmes for those hard to engage residents.
A ‘push play’and dance video resource that requires no training.
Multiple sessions with subtle progression that enables effortless learning.
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 trailer and more!
‘Rhythm Beat (dementia) Blues’ trailer:
A 2-hour training with creator 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 contact Marcel or the Sitdance Facebook page.
Trial tutorial + dance
You can view a complete tutorial+dance here. It is the iconic Australian song Waltzing Matilda. You can purchase a downloadable version through the shop for only $2.99. Why not make it part of your Australia Day programme. Please note that doing this dance to a different musical version will not work due to tempo and musical structure differences. You may also enjoy watching 'The making of Waltzing Matilda'.
'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.
A Rhythm Beats Blues session:
Excepts from a 'Rhythm Beats (dementia) Blues' demonstration session for activities staff and daughter Liz. With thanks to Anne and Liz for giving permission to film and publish this session. Feel free to share, but ©Sitdance.
'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.
50 cousins Sitdance in Amsterdam.
50 of Marcel's cousins (yes, he has more), sitdanced to their hearts content in Amsterdam during a maternal cousins reunion in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Sitdance on TV
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 and wore the infamous legwarmers that were so fashionable in those days. Click on the image to start the video.
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.