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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.

This autumn our Dance for Parkinson's classes are returning in person at Garforth Leisure Centre, Ninelands Lane Garforth, Ninelands Ln, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1NX.

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 classes 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!

To help keep staff and participants safe during the class:

  • We will follow the guidelines as set out by Garforth Leisure Centre, Northern Ballet and the Government in relation to Covid 19 measures.
  • All activity will take place with social distancing for each household in place.
  • The classes will we capped at 40 participants and must be pre booked to secure a place in advance.
'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
Autumn 2021 Term Dates
Date Time
Wednesday 15 September 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 22 September 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 29 September 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 6 October 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 13 October 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 3 November 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 10 November 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 17 November 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 24 November 2 - 3.15pm
Wednesday 1 December 2 - 3.15pm


£6.50 per class, per couple.

What to wear 

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

Booking information

To book your place please complete your booking using the button below. If you do not have an account, you will be asked to set on up the first time only. You can also book your place by calling our Box Office on 0113 220 8000.

Book now

Bookings close at mid-night on the day prior to the class.

Once you have booked your place, you will receive an email containing a link to our digital booking form. This gives us helpful information to plan and deliver the sessions. The booking form only needs to be completed once per year. If you would prefer to receive the form as a word document, please let us know by using the contact details below.

Supported by 

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

Contact us 

If you wish to discuss anything further, please contact Nicola Phillips, Learning Project Manager by emailing learning@northernballet.com or call us on 0113 220 8000.