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We’re excited to celebrate International Day of Dance by sharing the inspiring story of Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland, a project from Dance Base that we proudly supported in 2021 with a Reach grant of £16,716 towards salary and running costs.

The programme is a joint initiative managed by Dance Base and Scottish Ballet, delivered in partnership with Parkinsons UK, providing movement and exercise classes for individuals living with Parkinson’s, which helps to improve their quality of life.

Dance for Parkinson’s classes provide a unique opportunity for people with Parkinson’s to both exercise and express themselves through movement. Led by trained dancers and live musicians, these sessions offer people living with Parkinson’s, alongside their carers and families, an inclusive environment in which they can gain greater strength, flexibility, gait control, balance – even joy! Every class has customisable movements so that everyone from any background or ability level can join the fun.

Sessions run every Wednesday at Dance Base from 11.30am-1.30pm, which includes a social cafe after the dance class, with time for tea/coffee, biscuits and an all-important blether!

The programme is always welcoming new participants across Scotland, so if you, or someone you know, are living with Parkinson’s and think this might be of interest, do check out their website

International Dance Day provides an excellent occasion to recognise the inspiring work of Dance Base and its Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland participants. On this day, we celebrate not only the joy of dance, but also the power of movement to make a real difference in our lives.

You can hear more about Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland in this short video


Dance Base – Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland

Emili Åström, Head of Dance for Health and Wellbeing at Dance Base said,

“The grant from Bank of Scotland Foundation allowed us to continue to support people living with Parkinson’s at a particularly difficult time, when many were reporting an advancement of Parkinson’srelated symptoms, decreased mobility, and increased social isolation. The programme has grown significantly in strength, reach and impact over the last four years and the funding helped ensure its long-term sustainability.”

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