Health & Wellbeing


Dance for Parkinson's Disease Scotland 

Working with our partners at Scottish Ballet, we will be providing training for dance teachers and creating dance classes with live music for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and their friends.

As part of a pilot project, Dance Base is now running weekly classes for people with Parkinson's, using techniques developed by Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York. The classes are team taught, led by a specially-trained dance teacher (Rhiana Laws, Christina Duncan, Sophie Younger and Jen Cunningham) with volunteers kindly assisting. The class features live music, and each session is followed by an opportunity to enjoy refreshments. The class will also be going on theatre visits, and other excursions. This project also includes an invaluable research strand into health and wellbeing, led by specialists from the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. 

This pilot project is in partnership with Scottish Ballet and generously funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Rayne Foundation. 

Class times: 
11:30 - 13:30 every Wednesday
Please contact Participation Manager, Allan Irvine, through the contact form, for more info on how to get involved. 


We are proud to be working with Alzheimer's Scotland, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, University of the West of Scotland, Music in Hospitals, Hearts and Minds, Art in Healthcare to create a series of workshops for people with early-onset dementia and their families. In March 2017 we hope to be able to offer some taster sessions to people living with Dementia and their families. Please keep checking these pages for more news - we expect to be able to announce more news in October. 

If you’d like to find out how you can support one of our community projects, or the other charitable work that Dance Base does, please visit the Support pages of the website.

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