This October we are celebrating a whole decade of Parkinson’s Dance at Pavilion Dance, from a birthday party with cake and balloons to a One Dance UK National Award nomination for Health and Wellbeing.

We’re also taking part in fundraising events including a 5k run and a Strictly style Business Come Dancing contest, to help us keep Parkinson’s Dance on the dance floor for another 10 years!

Created by co-founders Dr Sophia Hulbert and Aimee Hobbs, the Parkinson’s Dance class has been experienced and enjoyed by 1000’s of participants over the decade and has rippled out to the wider South West community. 

Over 30 local health and dance practitioners have been trained to lead in the model and take it out to the wider Dorset community, with classes in Bournemouth (led by Pavilion Dance South West), Sherborne & Dorchester (led by Dorchester Arts) and New Milton (led by Forest Arts Centre).

With the help of Pavilion Dance’s Wellbeing Producer, Lisa Lort, over 350 classes have been delivered in Bournemouth alone, continuing through the pandemic to provide classes online to keep our Parkinson’s Dance class community moving and connected.

The Parkinson’s Dance class and approach created by Sophia and Aimee has been shortlisted in the One Dance UK Awards finals taking place on 29th October 2022. Good luck to Sophia and Aimee! More information here

Our long time supporter, fundraiser and participant Rod Cossou says: “Every week you dedicate such selfless energies to each and every one in the class. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have you both presenting imaginative and uplifting themes in an enjoyable yet challenging formats. All useful techniques in managing our mutual disease. Big thank you to you Sophia and to you Aimee for giving so much to us over the years.”

We are always looking for ways to support the Parkinson’s Dance community and ensure that we keep the classes going for another decade.  Links to our latest fundraising can be found here: https://www.givey.com/paviliondancesouthwestlimited

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