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Live Well & Dance with Parkinson's

About our programme

Live Well & Dance with Parkinson's will make a positive impact on the lives of people living with Parkinson's and of those of their families, loved ones and carers through dance activity, cultural experiences, and community connection. The programme will enrich lives through creative dance experiences, offer greater connectivity with community & peers and aim to embed legacy and sustainability through our networks and partnerships.

At its heart, Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s aims to create access to new opportunities for dance and creativity in partnership with people living with Parkinson’s. Across 6 locations in England (Birmingham & West Midlands, Bristol, Carlisle/North Cumbria, Leicester/Shire, Manchester/Greater Manchester, the Northeast), dance and cultural activity will be planned and delivered locally through area steering groups. These groups will establish greater connectivity between people across community & peers, organisations, cultural venues, and dance artists to create legacy and sustainability.

Whilst activity will respond to need on a local level the programme will also have a national and international impact across partnership development and programmes of workforce development through artist training, networking and research.

Throughout the programme we will consistently share approaches for increasing access to activity and networks in the wider context of ‘Living Well’ through dance.

Yaël Owen-MckennaProgramme Director for Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s

People Dancing Networks Together: Environment & Social Justice

Thursday 11 April 2024: 09:30am - 12:30pm, online (Zoom)

What is the connection between social equity and climate action? How is it relevant to dancers and dance organisations? What positive action can we take? 

This is an invitation to all Members of People Dancing and our Networks (REACH!, Live Well and Dance with Parkinson's, Inclusion in Dance and Early Years Dance) to join us online to explore environment & social justice in the context of dance and our individual and collective responsibilities.

For this event we are delighted to be joined online by Amanda Parker from Amanda Parker Associates, and Dr Lewis Coenen-Rowe, Culture/SHIFT Manager from Creative Carbon Scotland. Both presenters will provide insight into global and local environmental and social justice aspects, and the opportunity to reflect on our work more generally.

Free for People Dancing Members, £5.00 for Network members and £15.00 Standard ticket.

Further information about this event and to book


Images credits: TOP: 11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru project, 2021, Krystal S Lowe. Photo: Philip Hatcher-Moore and BOTTOM People Dancing Summer Intensive. Photos: Rachel Cherry.

Live Well & Dance with Parkinson's Symposium

Friday 24 May 2024: 09:00am - 05:30pm, Coventry University Technology Park
A day long celebration of the programme in all its complexities; the joy of people coming together through dance, whilst navigating the challenges of delivering a large-scale participatory dance project in the context of a world-wide pandemic. 

The Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s Symposium will offer an inclusive space where our wide-ranging network can come together to connect in person. The programme has evolved to include people with Parkinson’s who dance and their community; dance teaching artists, clinicians & health professionals, partners & charities, researchers & volunteers.

We will create a space for sharing, practical participation and discussion across the ever evolving field of art-led and dance-centred practice in dance with Parkinson’s alongside participant led community action and leadership.

Our speakers are: Sue Isherwood: Live Well & Dance with Parkinson’s Lived Experience Group; Georgina Cockburn: PhD Researcher, Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and Chris Stenton: Executive Director, People Dancing.

Further information about this event and to book


Images credits: People Dancing Summer Intensive. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

Weekly online class for people living with Parkinson's

10 April 2024 - 22 May 2024 
Location: Zoom, online
Timings: Wednesday mornings 10.30am - 11.30am
Dates: 10, 17, 24 April and 1, 8, 15, 22 May
Classes cost £35 for the block of seven

These supportive, warm & welcoming sessions offer a place to meet others and engage in a fulfilling creative activity.

Live Well and Dance with Parkinson's online classes are led by Midlands based dance artist, performer, choreographer and musician Kath Kimber-McTiffen.

These 'at home' online dance sessions can be taken seated throughout or seated and standing.

We will begin each session by exploring breath and gentle stretching to find length and space in the body then move into sequences to support coordination, balance and flow.

As we get to know each other over the weeks, we will explore story, imagination, our surroundings and our lives to build creative landscapes from which new dances will emerge.

Through dance, music, creativity and socialisation classes can support physical awareness and build confidence for everyday living.

Book for the classes here


About Kath Kimber-McTiffen

Kath is a Midlands based dance artist, performer, choreographer and musician, with a portfolio career spanning 25 years working with all ages and abilities across the community and in schools, as well as touring nationally. Currently Director of Sonrisa Arts CIC, which has a focus on producing cross arts professional performances for young children and older adults, co-created with and for the community.

Kath has a specialism in creating dance with and for early years and families using a child-led approach. She also sings, plays flute and co-songwrites with latin jazz band, Sonrisa.

Kath was formally co-founder and co-director of touring company, Wriggle Dance Theatre. In January, she was chosen as one of the 12 international dance artists to be a part of the Little Big Dance Artists Lab at South East Dance, where she undertook a period of research into developing her practice in creating participatory performance work for early years

Photo credits: Top: People Dancing Summer Intensive. Photo: Rachel Cherry. Bottom: Kath Kimber-McTiffen.