Are you sitting down? You’ll need to be!
Our unique Seated SOSA Dance Fitness programme has been created for older adults, disabled participants, those with long-term health conditions and GP referral / rehabilitation clients. The programme delivers special considerations and adaptations for all levels of ability and ranges of movement, making it inclusive for EVERYONE who for one reason or another, is not able to stand to take part in a dance class.
We are currently developing a new element to this programme for those with supported mobility or simply require the extra balance of a chair as their dance partner!
Chair dance for EVERYONE!!
Seated SOSA Dance Fitness is an original International dance fitness programme, utilising authentic steps, body and arm styling movements from 37 different dance styles, with an emphasis on ensuring maximum enjoyment for the participant!
- Authentic Moves for Chair Dance – All choreography is designed to stay true to the authentic technique of each dance style
- Fun-packed – Choreography is set to an amazing range of happy, memorable and catchy dance tunes…to ensure participants are singing along, as well as dancing!
- Promotion of Wellbeing – Classes provide a fun and relaxed social environment, combating loneliness and social isolation – whilst improving posture, coordination and cardiovascular health…the combining of these elements greatly improve general happiness and wellbeing
- Fully Inclusive – Adaptable for all degrees of abilities and health conditions, the programme is aimed at inspiring vulnerable and inactive groups
And now introducing our brand new programme… Simply SOSA!
Simply SOSA Dance Fitness has been created especially for those who are able to stand for a dance class, but require the additional support of a crutch, frame or a chair for balance… as their dance partner!
This exciting and innovative new programme has been developed during lockdown, because we understand that it is very beneficial for those who are able to stand to take part in a dance class, to be able to continue doing so.
We are currently trialling this programme with several organisations in various community/care settings, so a lot more content will be released on our online platform in the coming weeks.
THIS MAKES SOSA A FULLY INCLUSIVE DANCE PROGRAMME ON EVERY LEVEL!
From those who are fully able bodied with our main SOSA Dance Fitness programme, those who require supported exercise with our new Simply SOSA programme and those who require seated exercise with our Seated SOSA Dance Fitness programme.
Background & Endorsements
Seated SOSA has been in development since 2016 and it has been trialled in many different settings, it was officially launched to the fitness industry in 2018.
There are currently over 100 instructors that are already trained to deliver the programme, running established regular weekly classes with various local councils and Age UK community groups across UK.
The entire fitness team at YMCA in East London have been trained and run classes every week on their timetable for older adults and stroke rehabilitation patients.
Seated SOSA is part of the rehabilitation/disability programme with Everyone Active in Warwickshire, being included in their in-house weekly group exercise timetable and community outreach programmes including as part of a local NHS Physiotherapy Rehabilitation After-Care service.
Seated SOSA is currently active with many disability groups including Multiple Sclerosis / Dementia /visual impairment and amputees.
We developed and trialled the programme for 12 months in association with ActivLives, a charity who run incredible activity day care centres in Suffolk for older/vulnerable adults.
We are passionate about inclusivity for our instructors as well as our participants and are very proud that our Seated SOSA programme was taken as an example of a fully inclusive training provider in a case study by University of Birmingham for InstructAbility (funded by Sport England) to set fitness industry guidelines/standards on training disabled fitness instructors. Guidelines as a result of the research are to be published by CIMSPA/Sport England to all industry employers/training providers.
We are thrilled that Caring UK Magazine, the largest and most established care sector publication in the UK, published an article about our Seated SOSA Dance Fitness Community Interest Programme in their November 2020 edition, which was distributed to 11,000 care homes nationwide.
We are so delighted to announce that SOSA Dance Fitness and Seated SOSA Dance Fitness have been shortlisted as a FINALIST for the National Community Fitness Award for
BEST DANCE BRAND 2020!!
In this unprecedented time of worry and uncertainty, we are SO PROUD to be recognised for our continued hard work and dedication to supporting our instructors and participants all over the world by being shortlisted as a finalist for this prestigious award.