Leading dance for older people - a community health network

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • Dr Jonathan Skinner, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast and Ms Mary Harkin, Manager, Age and Opportunity
  • Ms Anne Costelloe, Regional Public Health Nurse and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Health Service Executive Limerick City
  • Ms Shirley O’Shea, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Health Service Executive Cork
  • Ms Sheelagh Broderick, Health Promoting Officer, Health Service Executive Southern Area
  • Ms Anne Knox, Community Facilitator, Vocational Education Committee Ennis
  • Ms Sabrina Lynn, Southern Area Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Dr Jenny Elliott, Dancer in Residence, ArtsCare at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Ms Philomena Gallagher, Community Development Officer, Age Concern Help the Aged NI
  • Dr Niamh Murphy and Ms Mary Cowman, Lecturers and Researchers, Centre for Health Behaviour Research, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr Mike Finneran, Head of Department of Arts Education and Physical Education and Ms Orflaith Ni Bhriain, Lecturer in Dance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
  • Ms Gwen Ryan, Project Manager, Limerick Southside and Northside Regeneration Agencies and Ms Carole McCarthy, Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Limerick City Sports Partnership


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Sylvia O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick



Funding source

CARDI - Call 2


2010 / 2011



Last updated

13th November 2013
Dance and creative movement is a vital physical and mental aide to successful ageing among older people.  People who are physically active have longer average life spans than others who are sedentary and dance promotes social inclusion.


To increase understanding of the relationship between physical activity, health and well-being among older people, to examine the role of leaders of dance in local communities and work towards a research proposal of dance and older people.