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Parkinson's Dance "We departed feeling there was not only hope and support for the future but also fellowship and fun to help manage the condition."

Dance for Parkinson's


Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects approximately one in every 500 people in the UK. 

While the symptoms of Parkinson’s are varied and diverse there are some common symptoms, including difficulties with balance, co-ordination, turning around, posture and walking.

Parkinson’s Dance

Parkinson’s Dance addresses these symptoms in a fun, stimulating, motivating and challenging but safe environment. It is currently developing in the UK with around 8-10 classes available across the country, one of which is run at Pavilion Dance. 

The class is hugely beneficial for participants, and we are currently fundraising to be able to increase our offer.

Participants of our Parkinson’s Dance class have been part of Parkinson Dances, a film by Ceri Higgins, an uplifting, poetic and emotional evocation of how the magic of dance helps people face the daily challenges of Parkinson's and live life to the full. Watch the full-length film below (approx. 30 mins).

Parkinson's Dance across the South West of England

In 2016 we will begin to roll this model out across the South West region, to enable as many people as possible affected by the condition to access its benefits. Over a period of three years we are aiming to open six new, regular classes.

We are grateful to the Health & Wellbeing Legacy Fund for generously supporting the first year of this project.

We are currently fundraising for the remaining £3,000 of this project. For more information please click here.

The aim of the legacy fund is to create a legacy and inspire communities by investing in projects that focus on the particularly vulnerable, marginalised and deprived communities in order to address health inequalities which exist in Dorset.

Projects will:

- Target vulnerable people or marginalised communities
- Tackle identified health inequalities
- Inspire people towards a healthier lifestyle
- Have a lasting legacy

Raising Awareness

Each April PDSW hosts a free World Parkinson’s Day event, which features information and advice stalls, taster workshops in voice, song and movement and a discussion panel with local artists and health & wellbeing organisations, including representatives from health professionals such as research nurses at the local hospital, Health Watch and Parkinson's UK.

In November 2013 we also hosted the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK meeting with updates and training workshops to support teachers across the country.

We departed feeling there was not only hope and support for the future but also fellowship and fun to help manage the condition. – Parkinson's Dance class participant

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