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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.

Dance for people living with Parkinson's

If you are living with Parkinson's and looking for dance classes or further information about dance for people with Parkinson's, please visit our Dance for Parkinson's Developing Participation page.

Dance for Parkinson's - Summer School Assistants
This year the Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership has created a new opportunity for two dance artists/practitioners to attend the course to ‘shadow the work’ and assist the course leaders for this two day programme. This professional development opportunity is open to existing artists/teachers who would like to develop their skills in a training context; working alongside David Leventhal and Danielle Teale will provide an opportunity to learn about skilful leadership in a dance for Parkinson’s context.

More info here
Dance for Parkinson's - Summer School EQUIP bursaries
The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership at People Dancing is delighted to announce the Parkinson’s EQUIP bursary scheme for 2 dance artists to attend the Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s course which will take place on 25 and 26 July 2017 at De Montfort University, in Leicester, as part of the People Dancing Summer School. 

More info here

Dance for Parkinson's at Summer School 2017

Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 July 2017
De Montfort University, Leicester

2017's programme includes two courses linked to professional development in Dance for Parkinson's, suitable for those new to dance for Parkinson's and those seeking to develop their existing knowledge and practice.

Dance for Parkinson's Programme 2017

Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s, led by David Leventhal, Danielle Teale and the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK - Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 July

Advanced Dance for Parkinson’s, led by artists from English National Ballet and guest tutor David Leventhal (Dance for PD(R)) - Thursday 27 July

For detailed information about each course and how to apply, please click here.

Photo: Introducing Dance for Parkinson's, Summer School 2016 by Rachel Cherry.

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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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

Read the report
Classes and Workshops

Classes and workshops for people with Parkinson's

A full listing of classes, from around the UK, offered to people living with Parkinson's (and their carers) can be found on our website, please follow the link below.

Find a class in your area here