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Friday 31 July: Dance for people living with Parkinson's practice sharing day

Facilitated by Cheryl McChesney

The Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK practice sharing day is a mentoring opportunity designed to enable you to explore diverse approaches and ideas to gain insights into other artist’s practice, and to contribute suggestions, activities, innovations and observations that will help to develop dance practice for people living with Parkinson’s.   

The day will be structured to include all elements of a dance class designed for people living with Parkinson’s comprised of introductory and concluding activities facilitated by Cheryl McChesney with opportunities for participation, debate and discussion.   

Twelve participants will have the opportunity to contribute an activity (lasting approximately 10 minutes) providing content for all those taking part to experience and subsequently discuss. We are keen to encourage a diversity of approaches from artists with a range of experience and a focus towards artistic practice. If you are applying to attend this practice sharing day as a mentored contributor you will need to fill in a separate application form - more information about this is contained within the course application form.

Participant requirements:
Course participants should either have completed the online learning programme Introduction to dance for Parkinson's online learning programme (at the reduced Summer School rate of £40 - further information in application form) OR have at least 3 years of experience delivering dance for people living with Parkinson's.

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Cheryl McChesney biography

Cheryl McChesney is a freelance dance artist who believes passionately that dance can offer huge benefits to people of all ages and abilities. She has taught and choreographed extensively for over 20 years with a variety organisations such as Sadler's Wells, Siobhan Davies Dance, East London Dance, Southbank, Barbican, Artis Education, Rambert, Indep-dance, Trinity Laban, the National Gallery and English National Ballet. This has involved designing and delivering creative dance activities in community settings, primary and secondary schools, CPD programmes, and by creating performance work for theatres, venues, projects and festivals in the UK, Europe and Ethiopia.
More recently, Cheryl has enjoyed sharing her experience by facilitating for English National Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's programme. This involves supporting ENB's team of Associate Artists who deliver for the company's national DfP hubs in London, Oxford, Ipswich, Liverpool and Cardiff.

Alongside this, she has been providing CPD dance training and mentoring for mainstream teachers in schools on behalf of both Siobhan Davies Dance and Sadler's Wells Associate School's Programmes. These roles offer the privilege of sharing ideas with others to reflect and discuss best practice, finding different ways to continue discovering the joyful challenge which dance can provide. 

Photo: Cheryl McChesney, ArtsCare Project, Belfast. Photographer: Colin Cairns.