Dance for Parkinson's

English National Ballet is a UK leader for Dance for Parkinson’s, and with our national remit we are committed to raising the public profile of Parkinson’s, giving access to, and advocating for the benefits of dance and cultural activities for people with Parkinson’s. 

Dance for Parkinson’s extends opportunities for people with Parkinson’s, their carers, friends and family members to engage in artistic dance activity inspired by the repertoire and within the professional environment of the dance studio.

Regular weekly classes in London are based at our studios in Kensington. Our programme provides an insight into the way a production is put together with opportunities to meet our dancers and musicians, see rehearsals and English National Ballet performances.

"The ballet did make me urgently want to move more, and move better and hinted at how this might be possible."Participant, Dance for Parkinson’s London

Our national programme  is delivered in collaboration with regional Hub Partners, and extends our Dance for Parkinson’s community, creating more opportunities for regular dance and cultural activities for people with Parkinson’s in the UK. Classes are offered in Oxford in partnership with Oxford City Council , and in Liverpool with Merseyside Dance Initiative

This season we are delighted to announce two new regional partnerships beginning in 2014. In Ipswich we begin classes in partnership with DanceEast , the curator of the Jerwood DanceHouse and the home of dance in the East of England. In Cardiff we continue our successful partnership with National Dance Company of Wales with the launch of our full pilot programme beginning in October. Click on the links above or our menu to the left to find out more about specific areas of the programme.

"... it is a special experience you offer people with Parkinson’s and their carers and I hope that many more people in this area will be able to experience this in the future." - Occupational Therapist, Cardiff 2012

English National Ballet is proud to be part of the Mark Morris Dance Group Dance for PD membership programme and the Dance for Parkinson's UK . “The UK Network is a group of teachers of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease supported by a number of individuals and national bodies.” Our national Dance for Parkinson’s programme enjoys close links with Parkinson’s UK and the European Parkinson’s Disease Association EPDA. 

English National Ballet acknowledges the generous support of P H Holt Charitable Trust, D’Oyly Carte Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Westminster City Council.

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