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

CID Project Update

The Dancing with Parkinson’s CID Project is at the midway point, with four fantastic workshops already having taken place at Poplar Union. Our dancers and team have been experiencing multiple approaches to moving, choreographing and connecting led by Artistic Director Danielle Teale and guest artists Bim Malcomson, Chloe Mead (Casson & Friends) and Kimberley Harvey.

The full project is being documented and explored on the ‘explorations in collectivity’ blog where you can keep up to date with the thoughts and explorations from our dancers, guests and collaborators. Take a look at the articles and summary pieces by clicking the links below:

Introducing the CID project artist team

I’m delighted to introduce our three new Dance Artist Collaborators who will work with Danielle to devise and perform new work as part of the CID project alongside people with Parkinson’s.

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effie mcguire-ward

Effie is a graduate of Stella Mann College and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Her performance projects have included working with Shobana Jeyasingh, Rosemary Lee, Gary Clarke, Stopgap Dance Company, Ffin Dance, NOCTURN and Two Thirds Sky. She has undertaken several engagements as a core cast member for mass community participation projects – where facilitation and performance elements were intertwined. Effie also facilitates workshops and residencies as an animateur at Rambert. She was a member of the founding team of directors for MÓTUS (a dance festival for Milton Keynes) and remained in her assistant director role until June 2018.

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ella fleetwood

Ella is a contemporary dance artist based in London. Ella trained on the CAT scheme at The Place and graduated from Laban in 2016. Ella has performed for a range of companies and contexts, including the Victoria and Albert museum, Lakes Alive Festival and Southbank Centre.  She founded ella&co in 2017 through which she creates, performs and teaches with an emphasis on play and inclusivity. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, The Point and Big Ideas.

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stephen mason

Stephen is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher.  Currently, he works as a freelance dance artist for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’s Learning and Participation team, Greenwich Dance and is Course Leader for Dance at Kingston University London.  He has led education work for Rosie Kay Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company and Loop Dance Company alongside performing with the company. Stephen’s choreographic work includes Deputy Choreographer for Royston Maldoom’s Overture 2012 commission for Dance Umbrella and numerous works for schools and colleges across the UK.  Stephen is a member of One Dance UK's Expert Panel for Children and Young People's and was a recipient of One Dance UK’s Dance Teaching Mentoring programme.