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Dance for people living with Parkinson's

Dance can support people living with Parkinson's to develop confidence, strength and provide the opportunity for creativity and self-expression, whilst also temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life.

"...I've identified about eight or ten words to describe what we’re doing: imagination, creativity, language, colour, music, rhythm. And I’ve not come across anything, anything in my diverse life, which combines all those things. The breadth and depth of what is going on downstairs [in the studio] is significant.”

“I feel released from the Parkinson’s, in more control of my body and with friends.”

Participant quotes: English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s: An Investigative Study 2 - A report on a three-year mixed methods research study by Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill MSc, April, 2015 with Prof. Raymond Lee, Katherine Watkins MCSP and Cameron Donald and Pavilion Dance South West, Parkinson’s Dance class feedback 2015/2016.

Why dance?
There’s an increasing appetite for dance these days and the broad ways it benefits our health and wellbeing. This is felt by people of all ages and physical abilities. One group that now attaches particular value to taking part in dance is that of people living with Parkinson’s.

A growing body of evidence points to the real physical, mental and social benefits experienced by people living with Parkinson’s when they dance. For example, research into English National Ballet’s (ENB) dance and Parkinson’s programme, published in 2015 by Dr Sara Houston of Roehampton University, concluded that dance as a group activity can:
  • Encourage feelings of inclusion and positive social interaction
  • Promote a sense of community that is particularly meaningful, motivating and energising for people living with Parkinson’s
  • Aid fluency of movement
  • Help people with Parkinson’s communicate and express themselves.

Kiki's blog


Kiki Gale MBE, Director of the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK, explains the change from a Network to a Partnership. She looks forward to a spirit of collaboration continuing to give all those in the UK living with Parkinson's the opportunity to enjoy and engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that participation in dance can offer... Read Kiki's blog here>>
Danielle's blog
 


Independent dance artist Danielle Teale will co-lead an 'Introduction to dance for Parkinson's' course at this year's People Dancing Summer School (23-28 July). Here Danielle blogs for us on how her experience of dance with people living with Parkinson's has made not only a significant contribution to her dance practice but also her thinking on what it is to be human. Click here to read more>>
Rachael's blog

 

 Community dance artist Rachael James loves the feeling of freedom that dancing brings and the belief that with the right environment, permission and influences, we can all dance. This is what led her to complete her dance for Parkinson’s training. Click here for more... 

Paul's blog

  

Paul Atherton is a keen dancer. He also lives with Parkinson’s. Paul wanted to blog for us to express just how important dance is in his life… he started well but it wasn’t long before he felt there was something else he should be doing! Read Paul's blog (with a difference!)...

Find a class


Find a Dance for Parkinson's class in your area using the Google map below.
You can zoom in and out of the map and click the green flag close to where you live to find out more.

Dance classes and groups run throughout the UK. They are usually open to friends and carers, as well as people with Parkinson's. It's always best to contact the group leader before going to your first class.

If you can't find a class in your area, please contact parkinsonsdance@communitydance.org.uk


The Google Map is updated fortnightly - if you run a class and would like it to be listed on the map please complete the form below with full details of your class and click the red send button.

Please note: You will not be contacted once your class is listed so please do re-visit the map to check.

UK Dance for Parkinson's class map

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