Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland (UK)

Scottish Ballet is spearheading a ground-breaking 18 month pilot Dance for Parkinson's Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base. 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.
 

This Dance for Parkinson's Scotland 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. There is growing recognition that ballet and dance can have positive benefits on both the physical and mental well-being of those with Parkinson's and this bespoke programme aims to make a positive impact on participants' lives and focuses on addressing Parkinson's-specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation and depression.

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, 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 Dance for Parkinson’s programme also features a research and medical documentation element, with Scottish Ballet and Dance Base working closely with the neuroscientist Dr Donald Grosset from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. This research element is delivered in partnership with the University of Glasgow, NHS Glasgow and NHS Edinburgh and explores the impact dance and movement has on people with Parkinson’s.

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