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Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland

Dance for Parkinson’s Edinburgh classes have returned to the studio!

Classes at Dance Base take place every Wednesday from 11.30am-1.30pm, in a joyful and supportive environment. No prior dance experience is required!

  • Summer Term Dates:  Every Wednesday from April 19th – July 19th 

*The dance class lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes, followed by an informal ‘social café’ with hot drinks and biscuits provided. Everyone is more than welcome to stay for a wee blether.  Cost is £5 to attend (first class free and partners/carers/friends are free).

Please note, due to Covid-19 safety measures, classes have a limited capacity this term. Please contact  Emili Astrom if you are interested in attending.

Email:      Telephone: 0131 225 5525


The picture shows participants in a Dance for Parkinson's class. They are facing the camera, with what appears to be some doing jazz hands.

Summer Sessions 2022

Dancebase had some special summer activities that helped us enjoy the best of the Scottish summer.  All activities were free and everyone was welcome. It was really great that people didn’t need to attend the Dance for Parkinson’s classes to take part if the free summer sessions.

It had been hoped that a similar programme would be available for 2023, but as of June, we have no further details.  We have been given permission to share with you some of the photos from last year.

The Indoor Garden Tea Party (a collage of images)
The Indoor Garden Tea Party


Collage of pictures of the visit to the Portrait Gallery
Visit to the Portrait Gallery


Collage of pictures of a visit to the Botanics
Visit to the Botantics


Online Classes

There is also the opportunity to take part in digital Dance for Parkinson’s classes. This term, these are run by Scottish Ballet on behalf of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland network and currently take place via Zoom on Fridays from 11.30am. Visit the Scottish Ballet website for more information and to sign up.

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.

More Information

Aims of the sessions for PwPs and care-partners:

  • wake up stiff muscles and improve flexibility
  • encourage mind-body connection
  • improve co-ordination and balance
  • increase self-awareness and 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 musician. 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 kind permission of Bob Dickson and the Afternoon Show at BBC Radio Scotland you can hear a 2019 interview about the DfP Scotland approach .

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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