Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward 

Tuesday 27 October 2015 saw the release of English National Ballet and research partners University of Roehampton’s ground-breaking research from a three-year investigative study exploring the effects of dancing for people with Parkinson’s, as seen within English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s national programme, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. 

Attended by leading representatives from the health and cultural sector, the live-streamed symposium welcomed researchers Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill MSc, University of Roehampton, as they presented their key-findings from English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s: An Investigative Study 2. The event also offered an opportunity for creative dialogue through a moderated discussion between;

Steve Ford, Chief Executive, Parkinson’s UK 

Dr. Sara Houston, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton

Anna Leatherdale, Producer of Workforce Development, People Dancing

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Lead Principal, English National Ballet

Claire Thompson, Dance Development Officer, Oxford City Council

Chaired by Fern Potter, Director of Development, Dance UK. 

Not only have the findings been well-received by event guests and the online audience, the media’s attention has been caught. Both the BBC and Channel 4 aired features on ENB’s Dance for Parkinson’s classes including interviews with participants and Dr. Sara Houston. Channel 4 News’ report on the programme can still be watched online

More information about our national programme can be found in the left hand menu and the Dance for Parkinson’s Evidence of Impact – Moving Forward symposium can be viewed here until Monday 2 November 2015.



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