Health & Wellbeing


Dance for Parkinson's Scotland 

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

As part of a pilot project, Dance Base is now running free 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 specially-trained dance teachers (Jen Cunningham, Christina Duncan and Sophie Younger) and musician Robert Briggs, with volunteers kindly assisting. The class features live music, and each session is followed by an opportunity to enjoy refreshments. The class has also been 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 | Free
Please contact Participation Manager, Allan Irvine, through by sending an email to, 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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