Dance for Parkinson's

Dance for Parkinson's class

High quality dance classes for people with Parkinson's, their family, friends and carers.

Autumn Programme 2020 (classes have moved temporarily online and will not take place at Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford)

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Autumn 2020 programme of Dance for Parkinson’s will be an online programme. Pre-recorded weekly Dance for Parkinson’s sessions (30 mins long) will be available on YouTube (from end-September). The sessions will be available on Dancin’ Oxford’s website and YouTube channel. For more information about the programme and the weekly sessions contact: Claire Thompson.

Due to the on-going success and demand for the programme, English National Ballet and Oxford City Council are delighted to be in a position to continue running the Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Oxford.

Dance for Parkinson's is a national programme of high-quality dance activities for people with Parkinson's, their carers, their family members and their friends. Weekly dance classes provide a creative and artistic opportunity for participants within a supportive and social environment. The classes also provide an additional positive benefit to physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The results of the award-winning "English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson's, an investigative study", carried out by Dr Sara Houston and Ashley McGill of Roehampton University can be found on the English National Ballet website or Roehampton Dance website.

Weekly Classes

  • Venue: Wesley Memorial Church Hall, New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DH
  • Dates: Dates for 2021 - To Be Confirmed when indoor sessions resume
  • Time: 1pm to 2.15pm
  • Refreshments follow on from 2.15pm to 2.45pm
  • £5 per class, or pay for the whole term in advance (10 x sessions: £50)

As usual, participants can pay in advance or weekly. Classes are £5 per person including carers, friends and family, or £50 per person if paying in advance for the full ten weeks.

If you are interested in joining the classes, or if you have any queries about the programme, please contact Claire Thompson on [email protected] / 01865 252820.

Quotes from current participants of the Dance for Parkinson's project:

"To forget I have Parkinson's for a couple of hours a week has been a most positive experience."

"Please accept my thanks for a truly enjoyable, as well as beneficial twelve week series of ballet classes. All of us found some measure of healing in the movement and music, enthusiasm and camaraderie. Some were literally transformed between the beginning and the end of a class, and we would like to be able to continue with our weekly exercises and music, imagining and laughing (or crying)."

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