Experiencing Dance for Parkinson’s at Rambert

Dannii Hambrook is Learning and Participation Assistant at Rambert and has been supporting our Dance for Parkinson’s class since September. She shares her experience this World Parkinson’s Day.

At Rambert, we have a weekly Dance for Parkinson’s class on a Tuesday morning that has been running for four and a half years. For the last eight months, I have been on placement with Rambert as part of my BA Dance degree at the University of Surrey, and I have been privileged to assist the incredible Rambert team that lead the Dance for Parkinson’s class.

Our Dance for Parkinson’s class is accompanied by a live musician and features improvisation and contemporary exercises. The class offers space for individuals to explore their creativity as dancers.

The social element of our classes is as treasured and beneficial to the participants as the class itself. Refreshments are served after every session, which has brought people together and built many friendships.

I have experienced first hand the physical, emotional and social benefits that our class has to offer. After just my first class with the group, I knew that Tuesday would become my new favourite day of the week, thanks to the loving and caring atmosphere of the session – it’s easy to see why our participants are so committed to the class and why it’s very popular!

To mark World Parkinson’s Day, our participants, friends and family gathered at Rambert last Saturday to celebrate some of the amazing work that has been created in our Dance for Parkinson’s class. Guests were able to join in with our usual class and listen to a talk with a neurologist who presented the benefits of Dance for Parkinson’s.

Afterwards, we hosted a post-class tea party for everyone! We exchanged many stories and chatted with participants, friends and family, many of whom had travelled far and wide to attend and support the event.


‘There seemed to be lots of smiles and laughter, and it was good to find out what Mum has been doing every Tuesday!’

- Cat Walsh, daughter of a class member

If you would like further information about our Dance for Parkinson’s class, please visit our class page. To join in with our class, please contact Sophie Knowles via sophie.knowles[ATSIGN]rambert.org.uk or call 020 8630 0615.

For more about Parkinson’s Disease, please see the Parkinson’s UK website.

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