Health and Wellbeing

English National Ballet’s Dance, Health and Wellbeing programme encompasses regular weekly classes for people with Parkinson's , Dance for Dementia in Westminster Dementia Day Care Hubs and Dance for Health which engages older people in high quality dance activities and extends performance opportunities to older people throughout the year.

This June, we presented our Dance for Parkinson’s programme as part of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol, attended by 350 delegates from 22 countries worldwide. Read More

Our dance programme for older people and for people with Dementia primarily focusses on enjoying artistic and creative dance activities. Weekly dance classes in accessible arts centres and day care settings enhance participants’ day-to-day quality of life, and improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing through creative expression.

Regular participation in high quality dance and music activities helps to reduce isolation. Participants develop social networks and personal relationships through engagement with cultural activities and attending performances and special events with English National Ballet.

Our Dance for Dementia work continues this term at two Housing 21 Westminster Day Centres; Pullen Day Centre in south Westminster and Westbourne Dementia Hub in north Westminster. Our Dance for Dementia classes provide older people in regular day care with the chance to engage in a creative and stimulating art form, which can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing at all stages of Dementia.

Court Whispering
In April 2014 we were pleased to work in collaboration with Open Age Westminster on a partnership project with Historic Royal Palaces . Dancers from our regular Westminster Dance for Health sessions (run in collaboration with Open Age), worked with professionals from English National Ballet to create a piece inspired by their interpretation of the life of the Georgians. 

The final piece Court Whispering was created for the magnificent surroundings of Banqueting House and performed at a unique performance event on Wednesday 16 April. 

We are delighted to announce that Court Whispering will be performed again at Sadler’s Wells Elixir Festival by dancers from English National Ballet’s Open Age group this September. Elixir Festival is a four-day festival, celebrating lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists.

English National Ballet Open Age dancers perform at 16.30, Saturday 13 September 2014

Tickets are £10 per person (£5 concessions) 

You can book tickets for Elixir Extracts and other activities taking place across the four days at Sadler’s Wells website

More information can be found on the Court Whispering project page .

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