Dancing With Parkinson's

Exercise has shown to be very beneficial for people living with Parkinson's; to manage or potentially slow the progression of physical symptoms and to help other associated symptoms such as mental health.

Through the generous support of the Colchester Welfare Grant, dna are excited to deliver our Dancing with Parkinson’s classes back ‘in person’ based in Colchester, Essex from 7 July 2021 supported until spring 2023 (covid permitting).

Our Dancing with Parkinson's programme offers dance and movement sessions which are appropriate for those living with Parkinson's and anyone living with a neurological condition, heart or circulatory disease. We are proud that this programme not only delivers a high-quality dance experience for the participants but also allows their companions if they wish to experience it alongside them.

Classes usually last for 1 hour of dancing and 30 minutes of social time. Classes are mainly seated but we encourage those who would like to, to stand. A support artist is always in sessions to share the seated version as the lead practitioner develops standing material.

Classes begin with a led warm up into various seated and standing exercises that mobilise the body and joints, encourage use of voice and rhythm and support brain function through coordination tasks. Class material is matched with rhythmic music spanning across the decades. Creative choreography is often created in collaboration with the dancers, allowing a build on material each week. These exercises test recall of memory and muscles. For those that wish to take their dance and movement further performance opportunities are available.

All classes end on a cooldown so dancers are ready to refocus on their day ahead. We invite participants to stay at the end of the dancing session for a social lasting 30 minutes including a cuppa and a biscuit.

Whilst COVID - 19 is still affecting our 'live/in-person' classes we are running online classes. So if you are tech savvy and have access to Zoom you can join us for online sessions each week until the end of June when we return to a live/in person venue. Click here to book onto our weekly classes.

In July we will return to the studio spaces The Mercury Theatre and The William Loveless Hall. However, as we are doing now, we will aim to also give access to these classes for people to join us online (via Zoom) so those that wish to remain at home, can.

We know technology can be hard work, and we are creating a partnership (with thanks to the Danielle Teale CID project) with the wonderful staff at Essex Libraries who have offered to help support anyone to access classes each week. If you’re unable to travel to either Colchester and/or Wivenhoe for class, but can easily access your local library, to take part, library volunteers will be able to link you up with our live classes digitally and show you how to do this on your own devices if you have them!

To book in for this service please contact us by Wednesday 7 July and we will link you up with the library services for one to one support.

Dates: In person classes begin Wednesday's 7 July and run until Wednesday 28 July 2021
Classes will break for August and return 15 September 2021
As mentioned above all classes can be attended online also via Zoom.
Venue: Starts at the Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate CO1 1PT and alternates each week with the William Loveless Hall, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB.
Times: 14:00 - 15:30
Fee: £5.00 per person living with Parkinson's along with their companion

To book your 'in person' space or via Zoom space click the link below

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