Dance for Parkinson’s – An inquisitive approach
21 January 2017
Rambert and Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK present a half-day session led by artists from Rambert and Scottish Ballet. It is aimed at those who are already active in this field. For more information please email parkinsonsdance@communitydance.org.uk or to book your place call People Dancing on 0116 253 3453.

Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s
18-19 February 2017
The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class. For further information click here (please scroll down the page).

Historical dance training event
Balletboyz are hosting an afternoon of historical dance CPD led by Nicola Gaines, teacher at The Royal Ballet School and supported by Rebecca Trevitt, course leader for the BalletBoyz Parkinson’s CAN Dance programme. Suitable for practitioners teaching people with Parkinson’s disease, dementia or other neurological conditions. Find out more here

Lifetime – A celebration of dance by performers with experience of life
Clearcut in partnership with The Point Eastleigh are offering a day of workshops, performance and debates on Sunday 2 October. Featuring H2dance’s Staging Ages, Rétrospectif (Eastleigh), DANCE SIX-0 (Salisbury),Three Score Dance (Brighton) and Vivekamayas (Kent). Lifetime information

New class – Dancing with Parkinson’s in Hackney
Dancing with Parkinson’s at St. Joseph’s Hospice is a social and uplifting free dance class where people with Parkinson’s, their family and carers can come together to share in the creativity and joy of dancing in a friendly and supportive setting.

Led by community dance specialist Danielle Teale, the classes are launced with two taster sessions in October followed by 12 further sessions. For more info click here

Arts, Health and Wellbeing webinar
The Royal Society for Public Health is holding a free webinar on 5 July 2016 entitled ‘Movement, Dance and the neurodegenerative condition’. Dr Sara Houston, Chair of the Network’s Steering Group, will be presenting along with Dr Richard Coaten. You can find out more information and register to attend this webinar here.

Dance for Parkinson’s Psychology Conference
The University of Hertfordshire is hosting a one day conference on Friday 10 June bringing together people with Parkinson’s, academics and medical professionals to explore growing research in the field of Dance for Parkinson’s. Tickets can be booked in advance on their website

Vacancy – Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing
We are looking to recruit a dance practitioner, musician and two teaching apprentices to work with us on the delivery of the 2016 Dance for Parkinson’s training days. This is an exciting opportunity for those who would like to develop their experience in leading these classes. To find out more about each role, please download the relevant job description below.

This opportunity has now closed.

Vacancy – English National Ballet
ENB are looking to recruit a highly experienced, passionate and committed Associate Dance Artist to lead and co-lead their Dance for Parkinson’s classes in Oxford, drawing on the themes, dance material, concepts and music from English National Ballet’s repertoire. The Associate Dance Artist will support the continuation and expansion of the Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Oxford, and plan and deliver classes in collaboration with the core artistic team.

Download the job description here: Associate Dance Artist – Oxford (3)

Update from the Network
We are currently planning strategy and events for the coming year. Please look out on the website for new information, which will be out very soon! Whilst you bear with us, do send us information about your dance for Parkinson’s classes, or about how you are coping with Parkinson’s through movement. We’d love to hear your stories and we’ll post them up on the website

‘An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s’ course
26-27 July 2016, De Monfort University, Leicester
This is a two day professional development opportunity led by David Leventhal with the Dance for Parkinson’s Network, People Dancing and Dance for PD (USA). The course is suitable for experienced dance practitioners, musicians and allied arts and health professionals interested in learning more about dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. To find out more information and book your place, click here

An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s
2-3 April 2016 at Plymouth University
This course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class. For more information click here

The developing field of Dance and Parkinson’s
Dance practitioner and Network steering group member Melanie Brierley has published her report exploring how the developing practice of dance, movement and Parkinson’s is delivered and presented in the United States (US), focusing on projects and practitioners in New York and California. Melanie’s project was supported by the Winston Churchill Fellowship and The Baring Foundation. You can download the report here:
PDF The Developing Field of Dance and Parkinson’s

New Director for the Dance for Parkinson’s Network.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kiki Gale as our new Director. This recruitment has been possible due to generous funding from The Baring Foundation, and Kiki will be working for the Network on a part-time basis over three years. Kiki comes to the Network with a wealth of experience, as founding Artistic Director and former Chief Executive of East London Dance and more recently as interim Director of Engagement at English National Ballet

Mentoring Programme
We are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our Mentoring Programme. If you are a dance practitioner and would like to receive mentoring from an experienced Dance for Parkinson’s Practioner contact us for further details and how to apply. You must be a Network member to apply and all applications must be received by Monday 23 November.

Parkinson Dances
Parkinson Dances is a film created by Dr Ceri Higgins to raise awarenes of Parkinson’s and how it is to live with the condition. It is an uplifting, poetic and emotional film on how dance helps people face the daily challenges of Parkinson’s and live life to the full. To view this wonderful film, please click here

Job vacancy – Director
As part of their unique partnership, the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing – the UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance – seek to appoint a Director to lead the work of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. Continue reading

Funding for the Dance for Parkinson’s Network
The Baring Foundation has awarded £84,000 to People Dancing, the UK development and membership organisation for participatory dance, to support the growth of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK over the next three years through an alliance that will share capacity, facilities and knowledge. See more here