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Baillie Gifford becomes Scottish Ballet's Dance Health programme sponsor

Scottish Ballet 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, close to 1,000 participants have registered in these programmes and experienced a wide range of tangible health and social benefits. 

We are delighted to announce that Baillie Gifford will sponsor our Dance Health programme, with a funding commitment for the next five years. This is part of our Five in Five campaign, launched to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2019.

The support of Baillie Gifford will enable the expansion of the Dance Health programme nationwide, reaching new locations and participants, training new teachers, and sharing research findings with health professionals. This will widen knowledge of the positive impact of dance on health and wellbeing, particularly for people diagnosed with neurological conditions.

‘We are delighted that Baillie Gifford is extending their partnership with Scottish Ballet, to fund the expansion of the Dance Health programme. The sponsorship will be used to develop and grow the department, allowing for additional facilitators to deliver the tailored work which fits the needs of diverse communities; promoting confidence, fostering well-being and encouraging creativity through dance.

Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet

To ensure the long-term development of this emerging discipline, Scottish Ballet will work with partners to deliver and evaluate the programme, including Glasgow Clyde College and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as international institutions. As part of the expansion, a new apprentice will be recruited in a professional development role to ensure the skills and research methods developed in this programme have an ongoing legacy.

‘Baillie Gifford has been a proud sponsor of Scottish Ballet for many years, and we are delighted to strengthen this relationship by supporting the Dance Health programme. We have no doubt that this ambitious initiative will have an impact on the lives of many people across Scotland by sharing the transformative benefits that dance can have on our physical and mental wellbeing.’

Sam Pattman, Sponsorship Manager at Baillie Gifford

Dance for Parkinson's Scotland

This initiative is focused on enabling those with Parkinson’s to experience the benefits of dance and creativity, improving balance, spatial awareness, confidence and fluidity in movement.

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Time to Dance

Free drop-in classes each Sunday for families, individuals, people living with dementia and their carers.

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