Based on English National Ballet’s contemporary and classical repertoire, Dance for Parkinson’s 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.
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
English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme has been running since 2008, and classes take place in London at our home in South Kensington, as well as nationally in partnership with National Dance Company Wales in Cardiff, DanceEast in Ipswich, MDI in Liverpool and Oxford City Council.
Following a successful 2 year programme in Cardiff, English National Ballet and National Dance Company Wales are developing the ground-breaking Dance for Parkinson’s programme with Caerphilly Arts Development, launching new classes at Blackwood Miners Institute from November 2017.
We are proud to be part of the Dance for PD membership, to support Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership and People Dancing and to have an affiliation with Parkinson’s UK.
World Dance for Parkinson’s Day is on Sunday 29 April 2018. Check the hashtag #WDFPD on social media on the day.