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Many people know that music can be a meaningful way to connect, but they don’t know where to begin. Music care conversation cards provide that jumping-off point you may be looking for, for having meaningful connections through music. This set of cards is designed specifically for evoking dance memories, and encouraging dancing together. Music and dance go hand-in-hand. Sometimes the deepest memory that music can evoke for us is the body-memory of movement.
These conversation cards can be used as a tool for reminiscence about dance, for movement and physical activity to music, and for creating spontaneous moments of dancing to music together. Each card has a theme with a picture and some questions. These cards can be used to strike up conversations about dancing, to learn about different styles of dance and cultures around the world, and to find new opportunities for moving together. Don't hesitate to try playing music associated with dances you may not be familiar with, and just experiment with simple movement. Dancing does not require someone to have full range of motor skills. Even expressive movement in a wheelchair can evoke the joy of dancing.
While this is not meant to be a choreography program, the cards can be used as a prompter for more structured dance activities. There are many online resources, community programs, and library books about how to dance all the styles that are introduced in these cards.
Consider using conversation cards:
- As a worker in Long Term Care, hospice, or Adult Day Programs
- As an activity with a loved one
- As a conversation starter with someone you are providing care for
- As tool for incorporating gentle physical activity
- As a guide for a group activity
- To engage someone who is at risk for isolation and loneliness