A practical one-day event for practitioners experienced in working in dance with people living with Parkinson’s. Join us to enjoy time to exchange, breath and feed your practice.
We begin with a warm-up led by Lois Taylor, creating a shared starting point, followed by workshops focused on the following themes:
This event has been co-curated with Aimee Hobbs with input from Dr Sophia Hulbert, co-founders of Parkinson’s Dance Science.
Places are limited, please apply in advance.
If you would like to take part in this day, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating your previous training and experience of this specialist population.
Connective Warm-up Lois Taylor
We bring to the day our different backgrounds, training and stages of development in dance. The warm up session will bring us all into a shared starting point for the day. We will ease the body out of our journeys and into flowing individuals. Although simple in terms of exercises and tasks, there will be the freedom to reach into your body as much or as little as you want. By the end, we will feel we have connected with the energy in our bodies and got to know a little bit more about each other through moving and sharing the space.
Physiological underpinnings of dance for people living with Parkinson’s Dr Sophia Hulbert, assisted by Aimee Hobbs
An interactive session exploring the theoretical physiological underpinning of dance for people living with Parkinson’s. We will be discussing and dancing our way through the latest research evidence and reaching out for creative ways to understand, share and spread the word.
The role of creativity and play
At the heart of improvisation lies creativity and play. Uncertainty about what may unfold, what adventures, sensations and conversations may lie waiting to be discovered. It relies on being present, in the moment, open to possibilities, curious about our own and others’ responses. How might improvisation help us to respond with authenticity to our groups and to each individual within them? How might it help us to notice, to read our class more effectively, to challenge our practice? How might we begin? What does my role become?
Enhancing your toolbox Aimee Hobbs, assisted by Dr Sophia Hulbert
In small groups we’ll exchange ideas and explore tried & tested methods, exercises or sequences. We acknowledge the variety of practices, experiences and the wealth of knowledge amongst us, with the same goal of making dance accessible for people living with Parkinson. Please come to the day with something practical to share that you feel has worked well in your sessions.
The role of music to enhance the movement experience Anna Gillespie
As both a dancer and musician Anna’s particular interest are how the two mutually support each other. In her session she will explore how music affects our experience of self, our bodies and movement; how a dancer’s use of breath can be enhanced with simple vocal work; and choosing and finding music for your dance class.