CERA - Intergenerational dance project

20 February 2014 - 20 February 2014
18:00 PM
Chilliwack Campus at CEP

"They're not scary!": An intergenerational dance project

Documentary showing at 6 pm Feb 20 in teh Black Box Theatre at CEP.

This documentary chronicles an interdisciplinary UFV research project involving Shelly Canning (Nursing), Michael Gaetz (KPE), and Darren Blakeborough (Centre for Educational and Research on Aging).

From Jan – June 2012 UFV studied the benefits for both children and residents involved in an intergenerational dance programme. The children were 7 years old and Grade 2-4 students from ES Richards elementary school in Mission and the residents were from Pleasant View Care Home in Mission. Lee Kwidzinski is a ballet instructor and the creative force behind this programme of weekly ballet classes. Over the 6 months we tested the residents for physiological and cognitive benefits and interviewed the children to explore their experience and attitudes towards their elderly dance partners.

The research was investigating any physiological or cognitive benefits that this program may have had for the elders participating in the dance class. A group of Media and Communication Studies students under the direction of MACS assistant professor Darren Blakeborough filmed several hundred hours of footage and interviews to document this process. What emerged was an engaging look at how this program affected the lives of the ballerinas and the elders in very p rofound ways. The relationships that grew throughout this 6 month program helped to break down preconceived stereotypes and images of what it means to age, or to reside in a care facility, and this documentary highlights this important journey.

Darren Blakeborough led a team of UFV MACS students in filming the dance classes that form the basis for the documentary. Darren is the documentary producer. UFV CERA (Center for Education and Research on Aging) provided funding and support:

A free event, open to the public.

See more info on UFV's blog http://blogs.ufv.ca/blog/2013/11/theyre-not-scary-video-on-intergenerational-dance-project-premieres/



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