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English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s


Dance for Parkinson’s is a weekly programme of dance classes that provides a high quality cultural experience for people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and carers. The classes are inspired by English National Ballet’s repertoire and delivered in a professional dance studio with live music. They also provide a safe space for socialising.

Our goals:

  • Improve the quality of life and wellbeing for people living with Parkinson’s through dance classes delivered by specialist teachers. Classes increase participants' physical and social mobility, improve self esteem and encourage independent living.
  • Improve access to dance and cultural activities for people living with Parkinson’s by providing behind-the-scenes access and subsidised tickets to English National Ballet performances, talks and meet and greet events with dancers.
  • Offer expert training and change public perceptions of people with Parkinson's, though offering a continuous professional development (CPD) programme for dance artists, musicians, healthcare professionals and volunteers in London and nationwide.
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How we will achieve our goals

Dance for Parkinson’s in London relies almost entirely on voluntary donations. With the support of the Community Award, we will be able to continue delivering this weekly programme and promote the opportunity to new participants, expanding our reach and benefiting more people living with Parkinson’s.

Where the money will go

Dance for Parkinson’s directly benefits people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and carers, volunteers and artists – currently over 1,000 per year across London. We have a national impact through five UK hubs, CPD training, partnerships and digital resources, which extend our reach and ensure that we benefit as many people as possible.

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  1. Posted on August 10, 2017

    I have seen so many trailers of this work and it’s incredible! Such a brilliant inspiring project.

  2. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Can I come to dance with some of the most beautiful dancers in the world, I am leamted with my bad legs.

  3. Posted on August 13, 2017

    This is very important work. The ENB are so wonderful and inspiring and are making a big difference to people’s lives all over the UK. The training they offer is brilliant, and has enriched all my practice immeasurably.

  4. Posted on August 16, 2017

    I’ve seen how my friend Isabel looks forward to her ballet, and how much she gets out of it. I hope you are successful in your funding application.

  5. Posted on August 17, 2017

    It is wonderful that someone is trying to help Parkinson’s patients. So little is done for them, because the disease is poorly understood.

  6. Posted on August 17, 2017

    Best thing I’ve ever been involved with. To see the participants before and after classes is truly inspiring,and to witness the change each week in confidence walking and speech without the aid of drugs. Well done Roehampton Uni and ENB for giving sufferers something to look forward to.

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