iID formed in 2010 as a consortium of people interested in inclusive and intergenerational ways of working, using creativity particularly dance to achieve the wide range of outcomes we believed possible. In 2019 it became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
iID produces person-centred creative projects and weekly movement, music and visual art sessions for people of all ages, but are specialists in working with older adults and people with dementia.
iID projects have included a running and Intergenerational Dance Company and annual platform, 'Fusion' bringing football and dance together, the 'Golden Years Festival' a creative arts festival for older people, their carers and activity coordinators, CSD training programmes and Active Surrey Get Active 50+ project in Care Homes across Surrey.
Sarah Gilmartin BA(Hons) Art and Teaching of Ballet, LRAD, ARAD, AISTD, PG Cert Choreography and Contemporary Dance. MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy. APMP. AAT. Sarah trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing and then London Contemporary Dance School. With over 20 years’ experience in dance as a teacher, artist, arts manager and producer, Sarah now focuses on developing dance and other arts for health opportunities particularly for older people and people with dementia. Managing and delivering sessions, courses, festivals and projects in a range of settings, as well as sustainable models through training and mentoring programmes for artists and care staff. Sarah has a Level 2 in Dementia Care and Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Kate completed her training with a BA (Hons in Dance Theatre) from Laban then worked as a freelance dancer in regional contemporary dance companies. After many years teaching contemporary technique and choreography in higher education, Kate now works in a freelance capacity specialising in contemporary dance and creative movement for all ages, as well as regular project coordinating for community dance events, including dance platforms, flashmobs and boys dance. Specialising in Dance for Health, particularly for the frail elderly, those with Dementia and Parkinson’s means Kate regularly teaches dancers from 3 years old to 96 years old.
Maria Lima is a Portuguese designer qualified by the faculty of Design, Technology and Communication – IADE, European Creative University specialised in Textiles and Fashion and an Art and also a teacher graduated by the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria – College of Education that for personal reasons moved to the UK in 2001. In 2005 she applied for QTS and started working in the UK.
Since then, she has been working with several groups and delivering a variety of art sessions.
For the past decade she has been working with Liaise Women Centre in Woking. She also works in several private care homes delivering art sessions for senior groups with and without dementia. From last year she is organizing and delivering the School House Project sessions in Maybury Centre. Recently she is also working at Art and About with kids delivering after school sessions in Mayford Centre.
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Creative Seated Dance
Creative Seated Dance or movement to music sessions are specifically designed for older people and those with dementia. Using music, props, images, texture, rhythm and imagery to explore a theme or idea through movement in a person-centred approach which enables every participant to engage regardless of their age or experience.
Moving to music supports mental and physical health and wellbeing, increasing circulation, strength and flexibility but also through laughing, having fun and meeting up with friends, making new connections and discovering old ones.
Dancing and exploring our creativity has been proved to assist with slowing the onset of dementia and as a useful activity recommended by the NHS, for people with dementia.
The classes are theme based around current events supporting participants to be in the moment but also allowing for reminiscence and group bonding. The session is mainly seated but participants can stand if they would like and movement would be adapted accordingly. The shared experience of moving together as a group is empowering, the group feel confident to ‘take the risk’ of being expressive, playful and free.
You don’t need any experience just enjoy music and moving.
Dance for people living with Parkinson's
These dance classes are specifically created with for people living with Parkinson's and their carers in mind. The classes focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility and give the opportunity practice fluidity of movement. All classes will compromise of a warm up, longer dance sequences, and the opportunity for free movement and to develop choreography. There is also tea and biscuits. No previous dance experience necessary.