Come Dance With Me

come-dance-with-me-1 For those who live with dementia and their carers

Come Dance With Me is a series of Australian dementia friendly dance classes created by Tiina Alinen, in collaboration with Christine Bryden in 2014. Founding members of CDWM are Christine Bryden, Tiina Alinen, Beverley Giles and Dementia Australia (QLD).

This unique program has been designed collaboratively with people with dementia, to make it truly dementia friendly. It offers creative dance, based on non-verbal conversation through movement, and includes socialisation as well as moderate physical exercise.

The 2 hour class includes a 1/2 hour break for refreshment, cooling down, and socialisation. We aim for a class size of 6 people with dementia and 6 supporters, with volunteers on hand to offer assistance as needed.

As an independent consultant, Tiina continues to deliver dance workshops for people living with dementia. Dementia Hero is the same model created for Dementia Australia. Tiina Alinen Projects embrace programs which champion the inclusion of all, for the benefit of all.

Tiina has enjoyed working collaboratively in a diverse range of creative communication contexts for over thirty-five years, using her unique non-verbal techniques. Her experience includes working with the deaf community on the Sunshine Coast toward a choreographic work entitled 'Language Rhythms'. This work was designed to include Auslan sign language as a movement language for all to enjoy. Tiina has collaborated with well-respected poet Glen Sheppard, who lives with Autism and Down Syndrome on many occasions in her dance, community, cultural and health projects.