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Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s: Finding flow...

Tuesday 26 July, full day and repeats Wednesday 27 July, full day

Tutors: Dr Sophia Hulbert, Heidi Wilson and Dr Sara Houston

Finding Flow: Refresh, re-energise and grow in your journey through dance for people living with Parkinson's.

Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s is a strategic development programme of People Dancing. It brings teaching dance artists of all styles and backgrounds together with the community of individuals with lived experience of Parkinson’s to experience the joy of dancing; to be creative, expressive and curious; and to socialise and meet new people in a celebration of equality and inclusion.

We welcome you to an opportunity to refresh, re-energise and grow in your journey through dance for people living with Parkinson’s.

This one-day informative, largely practical course will invite you to move, reflect, challenge your practice. Through context, theory and practical exploration we will share some current perspectives of the latest research and provocative thinking in the area of dance with Parkinson’s with a focus on how and why we may seek to instil a ‘freedom of movement’ and ‘flow’ in our practice.

The day will be highly interactive, immersive, and collaborative with an inspiring and skilled team including a session alongside a local group of dancers living with Parkinson’s, creating a space for connection through movement and conversation. You will learn how you can continue your journey beyond the day through our Dance for PD Online Learning programme, explore qualifications and opportunities to shadow or work across some of our future programmes.

The course is ideal for early career artists exploring the positive effects of dance for people living with Parkinson’s and more experienced artists considering developing a specialism in this area of work. Its inclusion in People Dancing in the Summer is also key, since through the Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s programme, we are keen to expand our national network of artists and dancers leading, taking part and acting as advocates for the value and impact dance can have on living well with Parkinson’s.

Above image credit: People Dancing Summer School. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

About Dr Sophia Hulbert

Alongside her role as a researcher and Physiotherapist, Dr Sophia Hulbert is also the co-director of the successful ‘Parkinson’s Dance Science’ model delivered at PDSW. She trains and mentors Dance Artists and Physiotherapists across the country in the specialism of Dance for Parkinson’s and advises the Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership, UK, as well as the Parkinson’s Excellence Network and Parkinson’s UK.

Image: Dr Sophia Hulbert.

About Heidi Wilson

Heidi divides her time between Cardiff Metropolitan University and developing community dance in mid Wales. Her main contributions to the Dance degree are in the areas of dance context and analysis. Her work within community dance encompasses the areas of dance education from pre-school through to continuing adult education, and in dance for well-being.  

She has a particular interest in dance for Parkinson’s and dance with learning disabled children and adults. Her professional role involves teaching, performing, fund raising and managing projects, training, researching and writing.

Image: Heidi Wilson. Photo: Bill Hart.

About Dr Sara Houston

Dance Studies researcher and lecturer Dr Sara Houston completed her undergraduate degree in Dance Theatre in 1994 and MA in Dance Studies in 1996 at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. In 2002, Sara was awarded her PhD by University of Roehampton in which she examined the relationships between community dance and New Labour discourse.

Sara was the first dance studies scholar to win a BUPA Foundation Prize in 2011 for her research on Dance and Parkinson’s in association with English National Ballet. She has since published her ground-breaking book Dancing with Parkinson’s (2019) exploring the benefits of dance through the lens of people living with the disease. A National Teaching Fellow, Sara has worked at University of Surrey and London Studio Centre and is now Deputy Head of Dance at University of Roehampton. She also served as Chair of People Dancing for seven years.

Image: Dr Sara Houston.