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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, information store and funding databases include information about or relevant to Parkinson's and can be searched directly.

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
Research

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

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

www.ballet.org.uk/learning/dance-parkinsons/research/
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:

danceforparkinsons.org/find-a-class/class-locations