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.

Thank you

dance for health research lab, august 2017

In August 2017 I was invited to be involved in a movement enquiry with collaborators from dance for health Rotterdam. My previous blog post, introduced the process of arriving at this enquiry and this post will account the content and thoughts that evolved from this two day exploration process with Itamar Serussi, Marc Vlemmix, Rosan Chinnoe, Sara Houston and Nicole Rust (Scapino Ballet).

The movement content explored in the two day lab was directed by choreographer Itamar Serussi with methods and tools derived from his making process. Itamar has been working with dancer Marc Vlemmix for a period of around 6 months on and off, and Marc is interested to explore how this process which is collaborative between the two, is having an impact on his movement possibilities as a person with Parkinson's

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the value of artistry in dance and health

Last week I was delighted to speak at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference on a topic that is very important to me and was the basis for my research into the role of the dance artist in Community practice. 'The value of artistry in dance and health...' argues the need for a shift in focus from rationale and best practice, to artistry and the creative integrity of the individual artist. Here I share with you the presentation that I gave with a few amendments to make it more suitable for reading:

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