Dancing with Parkinson's at Poplar Union

This World Parkinson’s Awareness Day I am thrilled we will be launching our new programme at Poplar Union, a community arts space in East London, and we have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding page for a new project.

About the project

The CID Project (Collective Identity) is a collaborative dance project which provides a regular artistic engagement for people with Parkinson’s on a performative level, bringing visibility to the Parkinson’s dancer.

CID will explore the empathic connection brought about through dancing and how dancing as a collective impacts on the individual dancer and his or her identity. This project will explore this idea through choreographic workshops, group dialogue and sharing, as well as through visual documentation and art-making from visual disciplines of film, photography and fine art.

About the artists

This project will be led by Danielle Teale, a leader in this field of practice and research, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a curiosity to drive this work forward. Collaborator Jaka Skapin will work with Danielle to lead the musical direction and experimentation with the dancers. Skain and Teale value a democratic approach, and this project will bring dancers with Parkinson’s, choreographers, musicians and visual artists together in equal dialogue about dancing, identity and collectivity.

What will be delivered

The project begins with weekly dance workshops for people with Parkinson’s, their family members or carers, and dance professionals, musicians and visual artists collectively. Dancers will experience a range of different choreographic approaches from guest artists and a chance to share their thoughts and experiences in a discussion after the workshops.

These discussions will feed into a research project led by Danielle Teae which focuses on the theme of collectivity and identity. The dancers, choreographers, artists and musicians alike will be invited to contribute to these focus group style discussions and the findings of this short aspect of the project will feed into the wider Dancing with Parkinson’s research.

The project will culminate in a sharing event which takes the form of pop-up dance ‘happenings’, live and recorded music sharing, and an exhibition of work for friends, family and the local community to see and hear about the work we have been exploring together.

We have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding page for this new project and we need your help to support this work and keep it growing. Please follow the embedded link and donate or share.

we did it! £4,000 raised for Dancing with Parkinson's

I'm delighted that we managed to raise £4,000 in 8 weeks, with sizeable donations from some generous anonymous donors.

The classes include live music from musician Jaka Skapin and a mentoring and training programme for dance artists who are given the opportunity to shadow and assist Danielle Teale (more information to follow soon).

£4,000 will enable the programme to continue throughout 2018 providing the space, resources, staff and artists necessary for the programme.

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Fundraising for Dancing with Parkinson's

I need your support to continue to provide highly valued dance opportunities for people with Parkinson's in Hackney.

Dancing with Parkinson's at St. Joseph's Hospice is an inspiring, artistic, dance opportunity for people with Parkinson's, their partners, carers and family members in Hackney and surrounding areas. The classes and choreographic opportunities are highly valued and enjoyed by over 20 dancers with Parkinson's, and interest in the sessions is continuing to grow. We are therefore looking for support and donations to our crowdfunder page to keep these classes going in 2018...

It’s very important for me to come to dance for Parkinson’s because it gives me a sense that I can do things...I will not be defined by Parkinson’s, nothing is impossible and this class has taught me, YES! I can do it
— Dancer with Parkinson's
Every Monday morning I get up thinking I feel lethargic but once I get into that class I’ll be dancing my socks off.
— Dancer with Parkinson's

Please take a look at the page and donate what you can to this fantastic group of dancers. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dancing-with-parkinsons-at-st-josephs-hospice

Thank you