National Programme

Dance for Parkinson’s is a national programme delivered in collaboration with our Hub Partner organisations. The programme extends opportunities for people with Parkinson’s across the UK to access regular dance and cultural activities and to engage with English National Ballet.

We have teamed up with Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI), to bring our national Dance for Parkinson’s programme to Liverpool. From January this year, our regular weekly classes take place on Thursdays, 2pm – 4pm at MDI. Running since January 2014, the classes have gone from strength to strength, with participants learning about the swashbuckling pirate ballet Le Corsaire, Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath and later in the year, the epic fairy tale love story, Swan Lake . Find out more about Dance for Parkinson’s in Liverpool .

Look out for the new term dates in Oxford in 2014, delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council. The first of our successful regional partnerships – this class continues in the autumn term inspired by the enchanting tale of Coppélia, touring to Oxford New Theatre in October 2014. Find out more about Dance for Parkinson’s in Oxford .

“It has encouraged us to try something new, exercise our bodies and minds. I know more about ballet, and to forget I have Parkinson's for a couple of hours a week has been a most positive experience too.” - Participant, English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s programme

Our third Hub Partner is DanceEast ; the curator of the Jerwood DanceHouse, the home of dance in the East of England. DanceEast is both an agency for innovation and a cultural destination, offering a portfolio of activities that are simultaneously artist-centred and audience-friendly. We are pleased to be working with DanceEast to begin Dance for Parkinson’s in the east of England in October 2014. Find out more information on the programme in Ipswich .

Our fourth Hub Partner is the Cardiff based National Dance Company of Wales , an award-winning company presenting work by some of the most celebrated international choreographers alongside creations by new talent from Wales. Building on previous success in Cardiff, we begin our taster sessions in October and launch the full programme in spring 2015. Find out more about out programme in Cardiff .

“This is a very exciting programme that will create enriching experiences for all involved, while enabling us to expand the reach of our own participatory work for a broader range of ages and abilities. We are delighted to be one of English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s hub partners” David Wright, Deputy Director, National Dance Company Wales

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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