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Are you or a loved one living with Parkinson’s and want to improve your balance, flexibility and strength?

Northern Ballet’s dance classes provide an exciting opportunity to work with our expert teachers, accompanied by live music.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have moved our weekly classes online ensuring we can safely dance together from the comfort of our homes. 

Each week we cover basic technique to improve your posture, core strength and coordination. You then have the chance to learn steps from some of our best-known productions like The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet.

The live, online sessions include a variety of both seated and standing exercises led and demonstrated by Philippa Ranger, Dance Education Officer, and Annemarie Donoghue, Classical Ballet Teacher for the Academy of Northern Ballet. You will be able to follow the option that you feel most comfortable and confident with.

No previous dance experience is required. You may want to ask a companion or family member to join in with you for support or to enjoy the sessions together.

Join us to get creative, feel energised, and meet new people — all whilst having fun!

'It is wonderful to be able to take part in a class at my own level where the teacher is doing the same as me, sitting most of the time. It makes it feel very inclusive and the joy that I felt today was wonderful. I’m particularly enjoying the character section and the hand exercises are very good for my weak fingers… having the pianist and learning parts from a ballet are just the icing on the cake... thank you!'
Online Class Participant
'I felt so much better after (the class), both physically and mentally, and that has lasted right through to today... thank you once again for providing these sessions. I value the classes even more now that we are in lockdown again.'
Online Class Participant
Spring 2021 Term Dates
Date Time
Wednesday 19 May 2 - 3pm
Wednesday 9 June 2 - 3pm
Wednesday 16 June 2 - 3pm
Wednesday 23 June 2 - 3pm
Wednesday 30 June 2 - 3pm
Wednesday 7 July 2 - 3pm

You will be able to enter the class from 1.50pm, please do join us early so that we can start on time.

Cost 

£4 per session, per household. This is payable upfront at the time of booking. 

What to wear 

Comfortable clothing that you can move in and comfortable shoes such as trainers. 

Taking part online 

This is an online class. The teachers will lead the class live at Northern Ballet, and you will take part from home via the online platform Zoom. 

Please read our Online Classes Checklist and Online Activity Disclaimer below before attending our online classes.

Booking information 

You must book your place by midnight the day before the class. The Zoom link will be sent to you directly on the morning of your class via email.

Please note - To take part in the class you must complete a registration form – this will be emailed to you after booking.

Book your place

Supported by 

The George A Moore FoundationErnest Hecht Charitable Foundation, and the Evan Cornish Foundation

Contact us 

If you wish to discuss anything further, receive our Getting Started guidelines or tips to help with booking and using Zoom, please contact Nicola Phillips, Learning Project Manager by emailing nicola.phillips@northernballet.com  

We will contact all new participants via phone on the morning of their first class with us. If you wish to receive a phone call prior to this, please state this in your email and we will call you back.