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SUMMER TERM OF WEEKLY SATURDAY ‘DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S’ CLASSES CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT NDCWALES’ DANCE HOUSE The summer term of English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme is underway at National Dance Company Wales’ following last autumn’s announcement of the Dance House as a regional hub for the programme. Building on the success of a pilot taster session in February, which saw over thirty people with Parkinson’s take part along with their partners or carers, ENB and NDCWales have continued to welcome a number of new participants to the programme’s pilot term of weekly Saturday classes, running at the Dance House until Sat 4 July, 2015.

The Dance for Parkinson’s programme offers people with Parkinson’s, their carers, friends and family the opportunity to engage in weekly sessions of enjoyable, therapeutic dance activity, inspired by English National Ballet’s repertoire, and delivered by world-class dancers and teachers within the professional dance studio provided by the Dance House.

NDCWales Chief Executive, Paul Kaynes says “Dance is a powerful tool in supporting people’s health and well-being – and that’s just as true for mature people as the young. At National Dance Company Wales, we host all kinds of workshops and activities to encourage people to try dance, and this partnership with ENB is a great example of what we can do together to change people’s lives.”

Dance for Parkinson’s sessions explore music, dance, and song from the First World War era, with participants working creatively together to develop their own choreography and composition, inspired by English National Ballet’s critically acclaimed Lest We Forget programme, originally created to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. This immersed activity in gentle artistic and physical movement provides a unique and effective therapy for people suffering from the condition.

A participant of the recent session commented "It has encouraged us to try something new, exercise our bodies and minds. To forget I have Parkinson's for a couple of hours a week has been a most positive experience”

English National Ballet is a UK leader for Dance for Parkinson’s and has been working with people with the condition since 2010, the first major dance company in the UK to do so. The last year has seen the programme develop outside ENB’s home in London to regional hubs, in Cardiff - through the partnership with NDCWales – as well as Ipswich and Liverpool. The programme also provides participants with an insight into the creative process of a production with opportunities to meet Company dancers and musicians, and watch rehearsals and performances by English National Ballet.

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