Project information

Parkinson's CAN dance

Research and practice show the benefits, both physiological and psychological of dancing for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Our current Parkinson’s CAN dance classes are full with a waiting list. Please help us to raise money for a new class so that we can benefit more people.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information

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  • Need


    Parkinson’s is a disease which currently has no cure and which affects one in 500 people. As a degenerative neurological condition it impacts movement causing tremors. Sufferers often battle with tiredness, pain and depression which can lead to low self confidence and isolation.
    Exercise and therapies are beneficial for those with the disease but do not always address issues of mental well-being and the need for inspiration, fun and a sense of belonging.


    Our weekly classes draw on proven methodology and are based on two simple concepts: that a professionally-trained dancer's knowledge about balance, sequencing and rhythm is helpful to people with Parkinson’s; and that the classes are not just about exercise or therapy but about the art, technique and joy of dancing. Classes take place in our studios and use our company repertoire to forge a relationship between our professional dancers and the Parkinson’s participants.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the physical and mental health of people living with Parkinson's disease


    » Run weekly dance classes at our studio led by our team of professionally-trained dancers and musicians and supported by our enthusiastic volunteers
    » Teach people with Parkinson's a specially adapted version of our company's repertoire encouraging them to think of themselves as dancers
    » Provide time and space after the classes for participants and their carers/friends to socialise, further creating a sense of community and belonging

    Success will be demonstrated through regular attendance by participants and through positive feedback about the impact of the classes gathered via a questionnaire.

    Aim 2

    Promote cultural engagement and enjoyment for people living with Parkinson's disease


    » Invite participants to watch our professional company in rehearsal further increasing links between them
    » Organise regular and free group trips for participants and their carers/friends to see our company and other companies perform

    Success will be demonstrated by participation in the trips and positive feedback about the experience gathered via a questionnaire.

  • Impact


    Parkinson's is a degenerative disease but a three year research study by the University of Roehampton on the effect of dancing for people with Parkinson's shows that the classes can: nurture an active lifestyle - physically, socially and mentally; lead to positivity in other areas of participants' lives and; be a chance to experience freedom, capability, learn new things and hold onto hope for the future.
    We will use the framework of this research to analyse the results of our questionnaires.


    Given the take up of our existing class we do not envisage significant problems finding participants. To ensure we advertise the opportunity widely, we will continue our practice of disseminating information to local groups and health professionals. We will also run taster sessions to encourage those who are less confident.
    Our current delivery team is highly experienced. However, should one of them be unable to continue we are well networked with other appropriately trained artists.


    Donors will receive a report on the activities of the project and also a document summarising the findings of the feedback questionnaires.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,325

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,200 Artist fees & volunteer costs Dance artists, musicians, and volunteers to deliver 30 classes
      £2,550 Studio hire and refreshments For 30 weekly classes
      £3,075 Cultural engagement Tickets for participants, carers and team to 3 performances
      £2,500 Project management By our Creative Learning Producer

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Participant fees £3/class £1,350 Conditional
  • Background


    Classes will be held at our studios in Kingston-Upon-Thames where we have a strong and growing local presence. Most participants will be from this and nearby boroughs.

    Cultural engagement visits will be to various theatres in London.


    15 men and women, likely to be 50+, with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Our team is able to accommodate people at various stages of the illness and so eligibility will be based purely on the desire to take part. Each participant will be invited to attend with a friend/partner/carer who will also benefit from the sense of community.
    We will actively advertise the classes through relevant local networks and services to reach those who might not have the confidence or knowledge to self refer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our team and company have been successfully running dance classes for people with Parkinson's for a year. They are therefore not only professionally trained but also highly experienced at this work.
    We have space to run these classes at our studios and are therefore able to provide a very welcoming atmosphere and create a sense of community.
    Our company is passionate about opening up dance to new dancers and so we want to build on our initial success and benefit more people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebecca Trevitt

    Is a former Royal Ballet dancer and is trained in leading dance classes for people with Parkinson's.

    Annie Breckell

    Is a former Royal Ballet dancer and is trained in leading dance classes for people with Parkinson's.

    Nathan Tinker

    Is a pianist and graduate of the Royal college of Music. Nathan plays music live with Charlotte during the classes.

    Charlotte Harding

    Is a saxophonist, composer and graduate of the Royal College of Music. Charlotte plays music live with Nathan during the classes.

Dance for Parkinson's

‘Exercises get boring very quickly. Dancing is fun! I have always loved ballet and I enjoy the way that ballet is re-interpreted for us Parkinson’s people’