November 2014

  • Foundation for Community Dance launches People Dancing in Cardiff. The 3 day event opens with presentations and workshops by Network members and the first UK public showing of Dave Iverson’s film Capturing Grace.
  • Judith Mackrell reflects on the benefits on the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s in The Guardian

October 2014

  • Following elections in July, a new Network committee was formed and met for the first time on October 3rd. Future plans for CPD and training for new teachers were discussed.

July 2014

  • An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s on 10-11 July 2014, De Montfort University, Leicester. The second two-day course for new teachers run by Network took place in July and was over subscribed. The course provided 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 gained 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.We were very grateful to David Leventhal (Dance for PD) for leading the course in association with Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. The course was part of the Foundation for Community Dance Summer School 2014. The next course is planned for summer 2015, more details to follow.

March 2014

January 2014

  • Ann Ashburn, Professor of Rehabilitation at Southampton, explains how her fall prevention research complements existing treatment methods.
  • Members of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network (UK) met with Parkinson’s UK to investigate what Parkinson’s UK can do alongside partner organisations (such as the Network) to support the development and uptake of activities (such as dance and singing). They also looked at the possible creation of a tool kit for branches to use in order to successfully set up classes/activities. Very exciting to be working together and making good progress towards a plan for the best way to expand the programme. More to follow…

December 2013

  • Musical Moving will combine its two north London classes from January 2014. Sadly, the funding has ended for the Kentish Town dance group so many of these dancers will will join the dancers at the existing venue near Edgware. Musical Moving’s South London classes will continue at their usual times in Hampton and Wimbledon.
  • A number of class participants (including some from ENB, Musical Moving and St Albans) descend on Sadler’s Wells to see the Mark Morris Dance Group perform on 1 December. Nancy Umanofff, Executive Director, David Leventhal, Director Dance for PD and members of the company join the guests for tea afterwards.

September 2013

  • Foundation for Community Dance wins the TalkTalk Digital Heroes award for the South West region for an online learning programme that is being developed to help dance teachers learn to work safely with people with Parkinson’s disease.

July 2013

  • After the UK premier of Parkin’son in Brighton earlier this year, Giulio D’Anna returns to the UK with his award winning work featuring Giulio and his father who has Parkinson’s. Dates include: Aug 12-25 Edinburgh Fringe details Dance for People with Parkinson’s hope to organise a group booking and workshop, contact / Nov 21-22 Pavillion Dance, Bournemouth 
  • A research poster by ‘Dance for People with Parkinson’s, Edinburgh’ (already presented and published at the 11th Annual AD and PD Conference in Florence this year) has also been accepted at World Parkinson’s Congress, Montreal! The research investigated if 10 weekly sessions of ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes could improve cognitive functioning for people with Parkinson’s (PwP’s)’.  Results from 3 Single Multiple Case studies found it did!
  • Mo Morgan is thrilled to be going to Montreal as a representative of the Edinburgh Branch of Parkinson’s UK. Contact Mo if you are planning to go too

June 2013

  • ENB’s programme received coverage in the summer edition of EPDA plus the official publication of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association
  • June 24-26: The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference In Bristol opened with an excellent keynote speech from David Leventhal Director, Programme Manager, Dance for PD® (see film of the presentation, running from 1.15.48). There followed a presentation by Dr Sara Houston: Feeling Lovely: an examination of the value of beauty for people dancing with Parkinson’s, and a group discussion with a range of network teachers: Daphne Cushnie, Amanda Fogg, Anna Gillespie, Danielle Jones and Dr Ute Scholl. (see film 1.57.10 onwards)
  • June 21, 22: The Network ran its first 2 day training course for new teachers. An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s hosted at University of Roehampton was a great success with all 30 spaces quickly filled and feedback overwhelmingly positive. A packed programme included a range of sessions lead by experienced network teachers all overseen by David Leventhal, Programme Manager, Dance for PD® see here for programme details. The next training for new teachers is planned for Spring 2014

May 2013

  • Congratulations to University of Roehampton student Emma Tilley, one of the Network’s biggest supporters. She has volunteered her time to provide admin support over the past 12 months, raised funds for the Network through a book and DVD sale and recently received an Ideas Tap grant to organise an event to promote the Network to a wider public. At the end of the 2012/13 academic year, she received a Roehampton Award for her commitment and achievement to volunteering and making a difference to other people’s lives. 

February 2013

  • A film of ENB’s one-off Dance for Parkinson’s class at TATE Britain last year is to be broadcast on February 14 at 00.10 on Channel 4’s Random Acts. The film was directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt

January 2013

  • Dr Sara Houston spoke about Dance for Parkinson’s in Let’s Get Physical, the last event of the Wellcome Collection’s Rhythm is a Dancer series

November 2012

  • Dr Houston took part in a live Dance for PD phone seminar in November and also spoke about Dance for Parkinson’s in the Wellcome Collection’s Can You Kick It? Event
  • The Network met for a day of CPD and started planning for the next CPD day and first Network Training Day for new members to take place June 21-22  (more details to follow)

June 2012

  • Next Network date confirmed as November 30, 2012. London venue and timings to be confirmed. Professional development and management meeting for members of the network only. nb. separate awareness and training days for those new to Dance for Parkinson’s are in the process of being organised soon. Watch this space!
  • Network members Daphne Cushnie and Melanie Brierley attend first Dance for PD professional Development Workshop in Brooklyn
  • Good to see the excellent work of the Network going global – The Croydon class have just appeared on South Korean TV