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 2018 (Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford)

Based on English National Ballet’s contemporary and classical repertoire, Dance for Parkinson’s classes provide a fun and informal way for participants to discover the themes, choreography and music of the ballets. Participants also have the special opportunity to attend exclusive behind-the-scenes events and see the Company perform.

This programme is proven to support people with Parkinson’s to develop confidence and strength, whilst temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life. Classes are expressive, creative and promote feelings of freedom from the physical and social constraints of having Parkinson’s.

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.

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 here English National Ballet website or Roehampton Dance website.

Weekly Classes

  • Venue: Wesley Memorial Church Hall, New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DH
  • Dates: 24 September – 26 November 2018
  • Time: 1.00pm - 2.15pm
  • Refreshments follow on from 2.15 – 2.45pm
  • £5 per class, or pay for the whole term in advance (10 x sessions: £50)
  • Theatre visit: details of the next theatre trip TBC

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

Due to the demand on the programme, we are currently holding a Waiting list for new participants. If you would like your name to be added to the waiting list, or if you have any queries about the programme, please contact Claire Thompson on cthompson@oxford.gov.uk / 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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