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 addresses these symptoms in a fun, stimulating, motivating and challenging but safe environment. It is currently developing in the UK with a small number of classes available across the country, one of which is run at Pavilion Dance.
The PDSW model of Parkinson’s Dance is especially effective as the class is taught by two teachers, one of them a physiotherapist, who ensures that the participants leave every week with a noticeable improvement in balance, coordination and suppleness.
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).
In 2016 we will begin to roll our 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.
Our profound thank you also goes to Healthwatch Dorset, Sherborne ArtsLink, all participants and supporters of Business Come Dancing 2015 and the supporters of or crowdfunding campaign for making this first year possible.
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.
- Target vulnerable people or marginalised communities
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.
In 2014 one of our Parkinson's Dance class participants, the amazing Dennis Ross, took part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in South Africa to raise funds for the class. Read the story of his Cape Adventure below.
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
A poem about the benefits of Parkinson's Dance by John Woodread more
A fun and therapeutic class with movement specifically designed for the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Carers are invited to join in free of charge.read more BOOK NOW
A three-year project to make Parkinson’s Dance classes available to more people across the SW.read more