Scottish Ballet is spearheading a groundbreaking Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base.
In Scotland, there are estimated to be 10,000 people who live with Parkinson’s, and this number is set to increase over the next 25 years. Dance can help people with Parkinson's physically, mentally and socially, aiding mobility and improving overall feelings of wellbeing.
Established in 2016, the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme supports those with Parkinson’s to experience the benefits of dance and creativity - improving balance, spatial awareness, confidence and fluidity in movement. Every week, around 75 participants take part in sessions delivered by Scottish Ballet in Glasgow and Dance Base in Edinburgh.
Scottish Ballet and Dance Base are establishing new regional hubs in five locations, working with local partners including Aberdeen Performing Arts and City Moves, Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, the NHS, Centre Stage and east Ayrshire Council in Kilmarnock, Eden Court in Inverness and Shaper Caper and The Space in Dundee. There are plans for three further regional hubs to be developed in eighteen months’ time, bringing the total number to ten across Scotland.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The warm and informal Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland classes feature elements of ballet and contemporary dance with a focus on Scottish Ballet’s repertoire. Using the themes and movement from current productions, specially trained Scottish Ballet and Dance Base Dance Artists lead participants to develop movement skills with particular focus on fluidity of movement, balance, coordination, expression, posture and rhythm. The classes also include activities focused on problem solving, improvisation, vocal skills, and repetition from memory and multi-tasking, which are all key areas for people with Parkinson's. The classes feature live music accompaniment.
For more information on Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland, please contact DPS@scottishballet.co.uk.
If you would like more information about making a donation to Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland please contact Alison Thomson on 0141 331 6269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.