We are delighted to announce the development of a brand-new initiative for people living with Multiple Sclerosis - Elevate.

Scottish Ballet will develop and deliver a programme of dance sessions, with the aim of improving the physical, mental and social wellbeing of those living with MS.

Scottish Ballet has been developing its Dance Health programme since 2015 and currently runs two Dance Health programmes: Time to Dance for those living with dementia and their carers, and Dance for Parkinson’s, delivered in partnership with Dance Base. To date, Scottish Ballet has delivered dance health classes to almost 1000 participants across Scotland, who have experienced a wide range of tangible health and social benefits.

Participants in Scottish Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's Class

‘At Scottish Ballet we are hugely proud of all our work, both on and off stage so, in our 50th anniversary year, we are delighted to announce the expansion of our Dance Health programme. Adding to the success of our pioneering work with Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland and Time to Dance, we are excited to be broadening our programme by launching an initiative for those living with Multiple Sclerosis; inviting people to benefit from the power of dance, through specialist classes delivered by our Engagement Team.’

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet's Engagement Team are collaborating with a range of arts and medical specialists from The University of Florida Center for Arts and Medicine and Georgetown University Medical Center, MS Society Scotland and MS Revive.

They will also work with Dr Bethany Whiteside at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to assess and monitor each participant’s mobility, balance, artistic, creative expression, mental health and wellbeing; contributing to the global field of research.

For more information and to register your interest in the pilot classes, please contact dancehealth@scottishballet.co.uk.

Scottish Ballet’s upcoming MS initiative is supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust.

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