Dancing the Science and Scienc’ing the Dance

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7th April 2021
Running time: 90 minutes

Join Dr Sophia Hulbert and Aimee Hobbs in this fun and informative dance and discussion-based workshop designed to make sense of the outcomes from the 3-year feasibility research study; Why Dance?*

The study is an exciting exploration of the value of dance using the Parkinson’s Dance Science Model, for people living with Parkinson’s in a natural community art setting.

This will also be the premiere of the artistic response to the ‘Why Dance?’ research journey and findings by Animator and Illustrator Corianna Clarke from  Cora Draws

Check out the findings and artistic response here:

Why Dance? – Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW)

No dance experience needed, all curious minds welcome. The movement workshop has been specifically designed to accommodate seated to standing needs.

*A collaboration between PDSW, the University of Southampton with research led by Dr. Sophia Hulbert and Dr. Dorit  Kunkel, 2016-2020 

Meet the workshop leaders:

 Aimee Hobbs:

Aimee is a freelance community dance practitioner specialising in dance for older adults and more specialised sessions such as Dementia Dance, Dance for Parkinson’s, and dance for people with disabilities. 

Aimee is a Co-founder of ‘Parkinson’s Dance Science’ which has been supported by PDSW and is honoured to have delivered multiple teacher training courses both for PDSW and People Dancing alongside practitioners from the Mark Morris Dance Group and English National Ballet. 

Aimee’s classes explore a variety of different dance styles with an emphasis on socialisation, mobility, confidence, and Fun!


Dr. Sophia Hulbert:

Sophia is a Clinical Academic and an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist. Clinically she works both in the National Health Service and privately specialising in Parkinson’s and complex Neurological conditions.

Her academic work focuses on the role of physiotherapy and the performing arts for neurological conditions and frailty. More specifically her doctorate investigated the effects of ballroom and Latin American dancing for people with Parkinson’s. 

Alongside her roles as a researcher and Physiotherapist, Sophia is also the co-director of the successful ‘Parkinson’s Dance Science’ model delivered at Pavilion Dance Southwest. She trains and mentors Dance artists and Physiotherapists across the country in the specialism of Dance for Parkinson’s and advises the Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership, UK as well as the Parkinson’s Excellence Network and Parkinson’s UK.

Sophia has a dedication and passion for implementing novel and exciting research and rehabilitation into practice, presenting work nationally and internationally to scientific, health, and artistic communities. She strives to better understand how the arts and rehabilitation sciences can combine to provide fulfilling experiences for people living with Parkinson’s.   


For more information contact Lisa, Participation Producer – Health & Wellbeing: lisal@pdsw.org.uk

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Wed 7 April 2021
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Starts 14:00
Ends 15:30

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