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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."

Parkinson's Dance


Parkinson’s Dance Classes - Take Part

"It really is a highpoint of my week. The main attraction is that it is a fun way of taking exercise. We learn about the importance of good posture and various tips to deal with the problems of Parkinson's" - Sally, Bournemouth Parkinson's Dance member 

The Parkinson's Dance class provides a creative, fun and social space where dance sparks imaginations, nurtures expression and empowers our bodies and minds to move and invent as the individuals we are, rather than the condition we have. 

The class is creatively led using the Parkinson's Dance Science* model which is based on a fusion of high quality physiotherapy and dance expertise to address the symptons of Parkinson's. Through this the class aims to not only emphasise the artistic joy of movement in the moment, but also aspires to rehabilitate and develop functional outcomes for the dancers/participants in your everyday life.

What to expect:

We explore a variety of themes, dance styles and music to have fun, be creative and maintain our wellbeing, all designed to address the symptoms of Parkinson's.

A team of two Parkinson's Dance Science trained teachers will lead the class enabling multi support for you and your needs (the class can be taken seated and standing).

A safe and supported space for you to move in and an open and a friendly community to connect to.

*The Parkinson's Dance Science model was co-founded by Neuro-physiotherapist Dr Sophia Hulbert and dance artist Aimee Hobbs with support from PDSW.

Find a class near you

NEW MILTON CLASS: A new partnership between PDSW and Forest Arts Centre, Hampshire Cultural Trust. Mondays, 1.30-3pm starting 19th February 2018. Venue: Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6DS.

For more information: Link to class page / / 01202 203 642

DORCHESTER CLASS: Managed by Dorchester Arts. Tuesdays, 3-4.30pm. Venue: Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF.

For more information: / / 01305 266296

SHERBORNE CLASS: Managed by Arts Link Sherborne. Thursdays, 2.30pm-4pm. Venue: Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre, Tinney's Lane, Sherborne, DT9 2DY.

For more information: / / 01935 815899 

BOURNEMOUTH CLASS: Managed by PDSW. Fridays, 3.15-4.45pm. Venue: Pavilion Dance South West, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU.

For more information: Link to class page / / 01202 203642

Useful to know

Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK

PDSW are proud to be part of Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK , hosted by People Dancing and supported by the Baring Foundation. With the dance for Parkinson's sector growing in the UK, the partnership is committed to building a vibrant and sustainable dance for Parkinson's community across the UK.

Parkinson's UK

We are also pleased to have a positive relationship with PDUK, a service who's ultimate ambition is to find a cure Parkinson's and improve life for everyone living with Parkinson's. 

I always feel exhilarated after a class. – Angela, Parkinson's Dance class participant

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