Bow & Curtsy Aged Care Social Dance: Implementation Trials

by K  Kym Wating

Ended on August 24th 2015

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Implementation trial for a novel old time social dance program for the aged care industry.

Exclusive On-Road Image

$5AU
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We spend a lot of time on the road in a most beautiful part of the world, so Watling is developing a 'shoot from the seatbelt' photographic technique, which will soon be incorporated into our music videos. For a $5 donation you will receive an exclusive image taken during our travels, and an email about the story behind it. We'll need your email address and can send anywhere in the world through our very own satellite dish in Unumgar.

Pre-release MP3 of 'Old Times'

$10AU
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We've been working on a new album here at the Unumgar Studios, and our first new song is about ready to sample. For $10 we'll email you an MP3 of the track 'Old Times' so you can let us know what you think. Just let us know your email address and we'll get it to you at the close of our campaign.

Before I Met You - MP3 version + Exclusive On-Road Image

$20AU
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If you prefer your music in digital format, we will send you a copy of our EP as individual mp3s, complete with an exclusive image from our travels as visual accompaniment.

Before I Met You CD

$25AU
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For $25 we will send you a copy of our first CD 'Before I Met You', an EP with five tracks, four of them being original. We know that you can buy a copy from our website cheaper, so we will include a little surprise to say thanks for your kind donation. We will ship locally or internationally at the end of the campaign.

Specimen Tube Inclusion

$25AU
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Our inclusions have proven to be very popular, so we have introduced a new range. Our specimen tube inclusion are a 5 ml sample tube with insect, plant, and mineral specimen, finished with an eyelet for hanging. Nerdy, gothic, and intriguing, the tubes sample a small part of our way of life here in Unumgar.

Unumgar Inclusion

$50AU
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Unumgar Inclusions are our signature artworks, consisting of an insect, plant, and mineral set in resin in a chicken egg or recycled plastic. Like a snowglobe frozen in time. All insects died naturally, attracted by our house lights here in the middle of hundred of acres of bush and paddocks.

Your own original Watling & Bates composition

$100AU
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Throw us some ideas and we will write and record a song especially for you. You can keep it private or we can put it on our next CD with a shout out for your kindness.

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Unumgar Jacks

$100AU
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A set of five resin inclusions including plant and insect specimens. Set as the shapes of four card suits and a hemisphere. Can be used for looking at, playing games, or consulting the oracle of your choice.

Sponsor a Bow & Curtsy trial session

$125AU
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This is a corporate package in which we give you a big thank you on our facebook page, website, and in print media. We will also let the folks at the care centre know that you have sponsored us for the day, and ask them to take a photo of us holding your logo. If you prefer no publicity, we will revere your generosity and send you a sincere note of thanks for your kindness. All sponsors will have the option of being included in an original composition - the Bow & Curtsy Waltz.

Fireside songs

$250AU
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AVAILABLE IN NORTHERN RIVERS NSW. For $250 we will throw the instruments in the car and head to your place to play some tunes at an intimate gathering around the fire, pool, back yard, verandah, or anywhere your friends wish to congregate. We can provide 2-3 hours of acoustic music before we pack up and head home to Unumgar.

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Watling & Bates

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research Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia


Bow & Curtsy is an old time social dance program for folks in aged care, being development by Dr Kym Watling and Mr Geoffrey Bates of the musical duo Watling & Bates, of Unumgar NSW.

As professional musicians, we enjoy playing for aged care facilities and, like many performers, have done so as volunteers, or for a small contribution towards fuel costs. Despite the lack of remuneration, we find this work to be the most satisfying of all our musical gigs, and have chosen to specialise in this area.

Photo by Kath McKillop, Care Connections Seniors Concert March 2014

Our idea is to develop a program that features old time music to evoke social memories of dances in country halls, to rekindle memories of love and friendship, create a positive social space, and promote gentle movement to music.  We hope that our program will bring social, physical, and cognitive stimulation to people in care, resulting in improved mood and other intrinsic health benefits.

We have been accepted under the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) to develop our idea into a viable business. Our Cert III in Micro Business Operations and business plan have been completed and we are now mentored by the Nortec Small Business Support Unit in Byron Bay.

Initial trials of our Bow & Curtsy program held during Seniors Week in Kyogle were a great success, both with local care providers and senior participants. Through our experience at these trials and subsequent work at aged care centres, our program has developed into a 2 hour session consisting of three half hour musical sets.  The breaks between these musical brackets feature stories, discussions, and sharing of historic ‘show and tell’ objects and images.

Implementation Trials
We are now ready to move to implementation trials, which will help us adapt our musical performances to meet the needs of the aged care industry.
These trials will be held over six weeks and six centres during September – October 2015, and will guide us toward optimal delivery of our service in the aged care environment when we formally commence our operations in 2016.  

Conference Presentation
We aim to present the results of our implementation trials at 
The Art of Good Health & Wellbeing Conference to be held in Sydney from November 17-19.  This will place us in an excellent position for consideration by major industry stakeholders, policy makers, and funding bodies.  We will then be in a position to lobby potential sponsors to support our service in 2016 in partnership with participating centres.  

Future Research 
Once our service is established, we will work toward collaboration with research academic Dr Dafna Merom, Associate Professor in Physical Activity & Health at the University of Western Sydney, in order to study the efficacy of our program as a health intervention.  If we can show that music is indeed good medicine, we can move closer to the inclusion of musicians in the policies and budgets of care facilities as a creative health intervention.

 

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