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Advanced course for dance for Parkinson's practitioners

Thursday 27 July 2017 led by artists from English National Ballet, with David Leventhal (Dance for PD®)

Course length: one day
The Dance for Parkinson's Network UK in partnership with People Dancing is pleased to provide this advanced course for dance practitioners currently working with people with Parkinson's. 

Curated by English National Ballet in partnership with David Leventhal from Dance for PD®, this one-day professional development lab is aimed at dance practitioners currently working with people with Parkinson's. Participation in the lab is only open to practitioners who have completed the Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's course run by People Dancing, the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK or English National Ballet and are currently working in this field.

During the lab, practitioners will explore the following strands in the context of dance for Parkinson's: artistry and creativity, improvisation, choreography and performance. In addition, there will be inputs from current international research relating to dance and Parkinson's; exploration of the opportunities and challenges presented by innovative technology and an open dialogue relating to challenges that can be encountered during dance for Parkinson’s practice. The workshop will utilise an interactive, experiential format that fosters exploration and learning through creative group work, movement, analysis and discussion. 
  • Explore a range of repertory and adaptation processes
  • Develop new approaches to creating choreography
  • Explore improvisation strategies to inspire creativity in the dance class 
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by engagement in technology for dance for Parkinson’s?
  • Share good practice and ongoing challenges 
  • Current developments in research affecting dance for Parkinson's practice
  • Get to know other dance for Parkinson’s artists.
You will get the opportunity to explore creativity; new ways of moving; adaptation and a thematic approach to repertory; as well as hot topics, including pacing, observation and cueing, plus access and demonstration, in a dance for Parkinson’s context.


Please see below to download the Advanced course for dance for Parkinson's practitioners timetable:

Photo: Summer School 2016 by Rachel Cherry

Photo: Summer School 2016 by Rachel Cherry
English National Ballet Team
Cheryl McChesney
Cheryl is a freelance dance artist who believes passionately that dance can offer huge benefits to people of all ages and abilities. Cheryl is currently working with English National Ballet (ENB) as a facilitator for its Dance for Parkinson’s programme. She has taught and choreographed for over 25 years with a variety organisations including Sadler's Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance, East London Dance, Southbank, Barbican, Artis Education, Rambert, Indep-dance, Trinity Laban and London councils. Cheryl’s work has involved designing and supporting creative dance activities in schools, for CPD programmes and creating performance work for theatres, venues, projects and festivals in the UK, Europe and Ethiopia, working with hundreds of people to achieve positive dance experiences. 

Stina Quagebeur
Stina is a First Artist at English National Ballet (ENB), and has performed in numerous productions including the opening night of Akram Khan’s Dust at the Barbican Theatre, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and has performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. In Autumn 2016, Stina created the leading role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Akram Khan’s celebrated Giselle.  Alongside her dancing career, choreography plays an important part in her professional life and she was awarded and selected to go to New York by the Breaking Glass Project for her work Vera. Stina has created various new works for the Company and regularly teaches and choreographs for ENB’s Engagement programme. Stina most recently choreographed the annual fundraising gala at The Dorchester. 

Andrej Petrovič 
Andrej Petrovič graduated from the Dance Conservatory in Banska Bystrica before joining Studio Tanca Professional Dance Theatre/Zuzana Hájková. He is one of the co-founders of professional dance company Dajv/Marta Polákova. He has collaborated with Editta Braun Company in Salzburg, Fatou Traore in Brussels, and Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and Fatore Kappa physical theatre in Rome. Andrej graduated in Dance Teaching from the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava and worked with Jean Abreu Dance Company in London and Jaroslav Vinarsky, Prague, before joining Akram Khan Company in 2007. Andrej was Assistant Choreographer for English National Ballet working on Akram Khan’s Giselle. 

Domenico Angarano
After graduating in Jazz at the Naples Conservatory, Domenico Angarano attended various improvisation seminars in Italy, New York and London, and is one of the founders of the Slivovitz group, publishing three albums under the New Moon label 'Moonjune records'. Since relocating to London, he has moved into the world of contemporary dance, continuing to specialize in arrangement and composition. Domenico is an Associate Musician for English National Ballet and has worked on Akram Khan’s Giselle for ENB’s Engagement programmes. Domenico has worked for numerous choreographers such as Riccardo Buscarini, Hagit Yakira, Lee Brummer and Leila McMillan. In 2013 he joined both Kefaya and Sarathy Korwar, performing with them at numerous festivals all over the world. In 2016, he collaborated on Sarathy Korwar's "Day to Day" album released by Ninja Tunes.

Danielle Teale
Danielle is an Associate Dance Artist for English National Ballet’s (ENB) Engagement programme and is also a freelance community dance practitioner. A lead dance artist for ENB’s Dance for Parkinson’s repertory-based programme, Danielle has been associated with the development of the programme since its inception. She has attended Dance for PD® Dance Teacher Training with Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Community Dance at University of Roehampton. Danielle regularly works with marginalised groups including leading dance for older people and people with physical, mental health and learning disabilities. She has a particular interest in community dance practice within the professional studio. 
David Leventhal
David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, an internationally-acclaimed program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has been used as a model for classes in more than 140 communities in 17 countries.

He's trained hundreds of instructors around the world, co-produced three volumes of a successful Dance for PD At Home DVD series, and has conceived and designed innovative projects like Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. Leventhal is a recipient of the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award and the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson community.

He has spoken about the intersection of dance and health at such events as the Lincoln Center Global Exchange and the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. As a dancer, Leventhal performed principal roles with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011 and received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. An honors graduate of Brown University, he serves on the boards of the Davis Phinney Foundation (USA) and the Arts and Humanities Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (USA).
English National Ballet

 English National Ballet brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience - delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, the Company has diversified its repertoire, adding new works from 20th Century choreographers, commissioning eminent contemporary choreographers including Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and William Forsythe, and staging new, invigorated productions of the Classics. In 2017, the Company was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, and Outstanding Company at the National Dance Awards.

English National Ballet’s repertoire and artistic vision is at the heart of its innovative Engagement Programme, which produces world-class activities that promote inclusion and diversity, all delivered by exceptional professionals and reaching over 40,000 people every year.
Since 2008, Dance for Parkinson’s has been an integral part of this programme, with English National Ballet being heralded as leading dance organisation in the UK for its work in the field: creating a recognised model of delivery and training and two significant research studies underpinning the work produced by 1University of Roehampton. The programme reaches over 1,500 people living with Parkinson’s each year, helping to raise the public profile of Parkinson’s, give access to and advocate the benefits of dance and cultural activities for people with Parkinson’s. English National Ballet’s model is delivered in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Ipswich and Liverpool with hub partners Oxford City Council, National Dance Company of Wales, DanceEast and MDI.

Inspired by the repertoire, weekly sessions incorporate live music, dance, rhythm and voice, to promote artistry, freedom of expression and well-being. The programme has been featured in the media and at numerous conferences including AESOP Arts in Health Conference and Showcase, ISPA New York, and is an online case study for the 2Cultural Commissioning Programme.

“English National Ballet has helped demonstrate the broad benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s, both physically and psychologically. From engaging with participants in their Dance for Parkinson’s classes, it is evident that arts intervention can improve health and change lives for the better, with dance often referred to as a ‘lifeline’ for people with Parkinson’s. We are delighted to partner with this innovative organisation.”

Steve Ford - Chief Executive, Parkinson’s UK

1 English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s: Investigative Study 2 by Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill MSc, University of Roehampton
2 Case Study 2015: English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s: Harnessing the Power of Dance to improve Health and Wellbeing
Fleur Derbyshire-Fox
Engagement Director, English National Ballet
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