English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme is a high quality dance class delivered within a professional dance studio with live music for people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and carers.
Based on English National Ballet’s contemporary and classical repertoire, the dance classes provide a fun and informal way for participants to discover the themes, choreography and music of the ballets. Participants also have the special opportunity to attend exclusive behind-the-scenes events and see the Company perform.
This programme is proven to support people with Parkinson’s to develop confidence and strength, whilst temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life. Classes are expressive, creative and promote feelings of freedom from the physical and social constraints of having Parkinson’s.
Our Dance for Parkinson’s programme is delivered in, as well as , in collaboration with regional hub partners National Dance Company Wales based in Cardiff, DanceEast in Ipswich, MDI in Liverpool and Oxford City Council.
"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
"... 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 is a steering group member of Dance for Parkinson's Network UK hosted by People Dancing. 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 Masonic Charitable Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, Vandervell Foundation, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, and all of the generous individuals who contributed through the Big Give, including our 2016 Champion, the Postcode Support Trust.
Find out more from Anne and Ron, two of our Dance for Parkinson's dancers: