Balletboyz Ltd

Parkinson's CAN dance

Research and practice show the benefits, both physiological and psychological of dancing for people suffering from Parkinson’s. Due to popular demand we’ve set up a second Parkinson’s CAN dance class at our studio but need your help to reach our £20,000 target to keep it running in 2017.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1088336)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£20,547

Donations

200

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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Situation

Parkinson’s is an illness 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 illness but do not always address issues of mental well-being and the need for inspiration, fun and a sense of belonging.

Solution

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.

  • ‚ÄòDance gives me confidence to walk the streets without fear of falling‚Äô

    — Participant

  • ‚ÄòExercises 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‚Äôs people‚Äô

    — Participant

  • ‚ÄòThe classes reduce my body‚Äôs rigidity and lighten up my mood‚Äô

    — Participant

  • ‘Dance gives me confidence to walk the streets without fear of falling’

    — Participant

  • ‘The classes reduce my body’s rigidity and lighten up my mood’

    — Participant

  • ‘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’

    — Participant