Dancing with Parkinson's is a programme of artistic dance and music opportunities for people with Parkinson's and their family or carers. The programme led by artistic initiator Danielle Teale, has proven to aid balance and posture, give people the permission to achieve and contribute to the process of creating which in turn offers people a sense of ownership and contribution.
Over the last three years Dancing with Parkinson's has provided over 50 people with Parkinson's the chance to engage in the art of dance, within clinical settings across London. This year we aim to bring a programme to the dynamic and versatile arts space in the heart of London's East End. Dancing with Parkinson's at Poplar Union will take the programme to a new level, providing dancers with the opportunity to perform, contribute to new research and become part of a cutting edge artistic community in Poplar. Your backing will help us develop a Dancing with Parkinson's Company
What we'll deliver:
- Develop a community of dancers with Parkinson's in Poplar
- Deliver weekly company classes at Poplar Union for people with Parkinson's and their family and carers
- Hold open sharing workshops and scratch performances for the neighbouring pubic to engage with the work we are creating
- Offer free of charge taster dance classes in local community centres and care homes in East London
Why it's a great idea:
Dancing with Parkinson's company at Poplar Union will be the first of its kind to provide an artistic engagement for people with Parkinson's on a performative level. This project brings a more open visibility to the Parkinson's dancer.
Poplar Union is the 'Creative Heart and Soul' of Poplar and programmes groundbreaking artistic work showcasing the flourishing creativity of all people and communities in the area. The Dancing with Parkinson's programme will add to the community audience that Poplar Union can reach, and offers a safe space for people with Parkinson's to join a wider network of creative people.
Dancing reaches people on a social, emotional, cognitive and physical well, helping champion a holistic view of our wellbeing through the arts.
Steps to get it done:
- Recruiting artist collaborators
- Engaging local people with Parkinson's in taster workshops
- Workshop programme at Poplar Union with people with Parkinson's
- Scratch performance sharing and exhibition at Poplar Union
- Legacy workshops to take place at Poplar Union with people with Parkinson's