Launching our research report for Dancing with Parkinson's at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN)

as we begin a new term of Dancing with Parkinson’s at NHNN, with funding provided by the Friends of UCLH, we’re pleased to release our research report from the pilot programme which took place from September 2018 - March 2019

In September 2018, Danielle Teale Dance began a special programme in partnership with National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square; the largest dedicated Neurological Hospital and a branch of University College London Hospitals, UCLH. The pilot was funded by The National Brain Appeal, Small Acorns Grant Programme and included a pilot research study led by Danielle Teale and Ben Beare (NHNN Research Physiotherapist).

We were delighted to share our practice from the voices of our dancers in a Dancing with Parkinson’s in Practice Symposium event in March 2019, and following this we have released this detailed report sharing the programme and findings from the programme.

We tend to do things TO people, FOR people or WITH people. I don’t very much like having things done to me, and I will usually challenge people trying to do things for me. It’s with people that I like to be; in the dancing with Parkinson’s space we are in constant togetherness.


We’re pleased that following the programme’s success in 2018-19, the Friends of UCLH have funded the continuation of the programme for the 2019-20 season.

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Fundraising efforts continue with The National Brain Appeal who continue to support the programme. If you want to give to support Dancing with Parkinson’s, visit our Just Giving page and donate online

Dancing with Parkinson's continues Autumn 2019

The Danielle Teale Dance, Dancing with Parkinson’s programme is going from strength to strength. This Autumn there’s lots to celebrate, as we continue four classes across London, and welcome a new cohort of dance artists. Take a look at our fantastic team by clicking the image below:

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Classes take place in four locations across London, St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, National Hospital for Neurology in Russell Square, Poplar Union in Tower Hamlets, and Queen Mary’s Hospital Roehampton, part of St. George’s Hospital Trust. Download our flyer and contact dancing.parkinsons@gmail.com for more information about the programme and to register your interest to join in.

…enthusiasm, creativity and empathy shine through, and every class is a pleasure. As dancers rather than patients we are able to let go of our worries and lose ourselves in the creativity.

- Dancing with Parkinson’s participant, NHNN

CID Project, vocal and dance improvisation workshop insight

As I said to the singers before the start of the session, we’re not here to give voice to the dancers, we’re here to reflect their collective movements back to them as sound. Then we played. After an hour and a half the singing stopped, but my mind and body didn’t. It’s hard to describe it; it was so fun and liberating to be able to connect on that level, no mediators, no technology, no wires and no speakers. We were weaving in and out of each other, creating organic shapes and communicating equally.
— Jaka Skapin, Musical Director CID Project
Through the interface of this project, we brought together such different individuals that might not consider themselves as artists or creatives and gave them the chance to explore their humanity in a collective and supportive environment
— Jaka Skapin, Musical Director CID Project

read more about the collaborative dance and vocal improvisation approach of Jaka Skapin and Danielle Teale and our experimental workshop as part of the CID project on the ‘explorations in collectivity’ blog