In 2015 Dance Base, Scotland’s national centre for dance, and Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company, came together to realise a shared ambition to offer a Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme. Our aspirations were to create a programme which provided inclusive and creative dance and music activities to people with Parkinson’s and their families, as well as increasing the delivery skills of dance practitioners across the central belt. Building on the knowledge and learning developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, both Dance Base and Scottish Ballet have combined forces, along with the University of Glasgow, NHS Glasgow and NHS Edinburgh to increase awareness, raise the profile of the importance of the work, and evidence the progress and impact the work has on people with Parkinson’s.
Jenny Langlands, Former Chief Executive, Dance Base, and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement, Scottish Ballet
This evaluation of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland pilot programme was commissioned in the spring of 2017 by Dance Base and Scottish Ballet, and completed by Dr Bethany Whiteside, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It had a broad focus: to interrogate the perceived cultural, social and physical benefits of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme for individuals with Parkinson’s taking part.
You can download the evaluation document below.