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Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland

Face-to-face events are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 measures.

Dance Base and Scottish Ballet are excited to offer our Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland classes via Zoom. Dance Base hosted classes will run Wednesdays from 11:30am-1pm starting 13th of January, and Scottish Ballet hosted classes will run Fridays from 11:30am-1pm from 5th February 2021.

Please use links below:

  • To sign up for Dance Base’s classes on Wednesdays
  • To sign up for Scottish Ballet’s classes on Fridays

The Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland Facebook page also features pre-recorded classes and videos which are suitable for all and free to access. Videos can be enjoyed as many times as you like – feel free to pause, rewind, and replay.

For more information, please contact Meghan Bidwell, Dance Health Manager at Dance Base, via

Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland in Edinburgh Before COVID-19

Sessions every Wednesday from 11.30 until 1.30pm in Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU in a supportive and joyful environment. Aims of the sessions for PwPs and care-partners:

  • wake up stiff muscles and improve flexibility
  • encourage mind-body connection
  • improve co-ordinationand balance
  • increase self-awarenessand self-esteem
  • provide social time at the end to make connections and feel part of the dance community.

Classes are led by specially-trained dance teachers with live music provided by a pianist. Live music can be used flexibly to encourage movement and development of sequences. Sessions begin seated to provide a stable base for warm-up exercises then progress to gentle choreographed movement around the floor. All sequences are adaptable for individual situations of more restricted mobility.

The Branch started this activity in 2010 when it was one of the earliest groups established in the UK following the principles of Dance for PD®. The original concept, arising from collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group in New York, is now increasingly practised worldwide among the Parkinson’s community.

The class eventually became supported by Dance Base and Scottish Ballet through funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Dr Bethany Whiteside of the Royal Conservatoire, Scotland, presented a review of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme at the March 2018 Edinburgh Branch Meeting and you can download her presentation as a pdf file by following this link.

By kind permission of Bob Dickson and the Afternoon Show at BBC Radio Scotland you can hear a 2019 interview about the DfP Scotland approach via this link.

Branch Member, Lindsay McDermid, compiled a tasteful short video demonstrating the types of movement involved and compiled from a number of PwP Dance Groups. Watch it here

And here is the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland own video

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