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, with regular weekly classes taking 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 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 2015, delivered in partnership with Oxford City Council. The first of our successful regional partnerships – this class continues next term inspired by the innovative Modern Masters programme being performed at Sadler’s Wells in March 2015. 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 Oxford programme

We are delighted to continue the development of or national programme with two new regional hub classes in Cardiff and Ipswich.

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 have successfully launched the programme this term and begin our weekly classes in January 2015. 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 February and launch the full programme in April 2015. Find out more about out programme in Cardiff.


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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