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Dance for Parkinson's

Dance can provide a relaxed and sociable environment for people with Parkinson's to exercise both body and mind.

On this page we have tried to present a selection of current, interesting and useful information related to dance and Parkinson's. Our news & views, courses and events, resources and knowledge bank and funding databases include information about or relevant to Parkinson's and can be searched directly.

** Course is now full and all applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Please email Kiki Gale direct should you wish to attend**

Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's

18-19 February 2017, 9.30am – 6.00pm

Dancing with Parkinson's

Venue: The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class.

The Bursaries

If you are a dance practitioner living or working in Bristol and wish to apply for one of the six bursaries available, please email with a maximum of 100 words stating where you currently practice, why you want to do this course and your experience in the dance sector.

For more details about the event, please visit Our Courses & Events page >>

Online Learning Programme

People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, created an online learning programme designed to help dance practitioners gain some of the background knowledge needed before embarking on practical learning associated with the safe delivery of dance sessions for people with Parkinson's.

Comprised of eight units, the course gives learners essential information about Dance for Parkinson’s core principles, the medical condition, and the effects of symptoms and medication on dance class participants. It provides specific, expert guidance on conducting a risk assessment, cultivating safe practice, establishing inclusive class structure and design, incorporating adaptations and embodying effective teaching techniques. The interactive programme includes video clips and research reports, as well as text and audio resources that make it engaging and fun to do.

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Dance for Parkinson’s Network

Supporting the development of a network

The Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK is a national organisation that supports dance practitioners who work with people with Parkinson’s and their friends. People Dancing is supporting the Network in relation to the development of the Network’s Membership, training and continuing professional development (CPD) processes.

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A film exploring Parkinson's and dance

Dancer, choreographer and Parkinson's movement teacher Pamela Quinn has produced a new short dance film featuring a duet she choreographed for David Leventhal and herself

English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson's: An investigative study

English National Ballet and Dr Sara Houston and Ashley McGill of Roehampton University
Classes and Workshops

Classes and workshops for people with Parkinson's

A full listing of classes offered to people with Parkinson's (and their carers) can be found at: