In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Week, Yorkshire Dance is calling for people living with Parkinson's to join them this weekend as part of an exciting new training programme.
The dance development organisation for Yorkshire will run a special Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's session on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April at their home on Quarry Hill in Leeds city centre, from 2pm to 4.30pm.
The programme is designed for professional dance artists to learn how to structure dance classes for people living with Parkinson's, and is open for anybody affected by the condition to attend.
Speaking of the new programme, Adie Nivison, project manager at Yorkshire Dance said: "We know through research and practice that dance can be extremely beneficial for people living with Parkinson's.
"This course aims to assist Yorkshire dance professionals in their work and naturally we want to involve the very people that will ultimately benefit to join us for part of the course."
Raising awareness for Parkinson's
Four taster sessions for people living with Parkinson's and their carers have already been delivered in Woodlesford, Moor Allerton, Otley and Middleton, and from May Yorkshire Dance will roll out a 12-week Dance For Parkinson's pilot programme in Leeds.
The sessions will take place at Middleton Community Centre every week from Wednesday 9 May and will be free to attend, thanks to funding from Leeds Let's Get Active.
"Leeds Let's Get Active aims to provide more opportunities for inactive people to become active," explains Sam Coupland, development officer at Active Leeds.
"Our aim is for Leeds to be the most active city in the UK and projects such as Dance for Parkinson's go a long way to ensure that we reach the people that other programmes don't.
"It's a great example of how working in partnership with organisations such as Yorkshire Dance and Parkinson's UK can help overcome the barriers that stop people getting active."
Get in touch
To join An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's this Saturday from 2pm to 4.30pm, or for more information n Yorkshire Dance's work in this area, contact Adie Nivison on 0113 243 9867.