Dance for Parkinson's

Dance For Parkinson's

Join Northern Ballet at Home

Get creative, feel energised, meet new people — all whilst having fun!

Living with Parkinson’s and want to improve your balance, flexibility, and strength? Northern Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson's classes provide an exciting opportunity to work with our expert teachers, accompanied by a live pianist.

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

Each week we’ll cover basic technique to improve your posture, core strength, coordination, creativity and self-expression. There will also be an opportunity to learn some of the movements from our well-known ballets and our current productions.

The live, online sessions include a variety of both seated and standing exercises led and demonstrated by two Northern Ballet dance artists: Philippa Ranger and Annemarie Donoghue. You will be able to follow the option that you feel most comfortable and confident to do within your own home.

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

‘Dance for Parkinson’s has been a great initiative; attending each week has given me a new appreciation of ballet and perhaps more importantly helped in the management of my condition. Unanticipated benefits include the new friends we have made and the smile which it never fails to put on my face!’

Alan Dunwell - participant

Class days and times

Wednesday 23 September 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 30 September 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 7 October 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 14 October 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 21 October 2.00-3.00pm
Half-term break
Wednesday 4 November 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 11 November 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 18 November 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 25 November 2.00-3.00pm
Wednesday 2 December 2.00-3.00pm


£4.00 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.

Booking information

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

We understand that for some people going online and accessing Zoom to take part in a class can feel somewhat daunting and you may be unsure if you have everything you need. We want this to be as easy and straight forward as possible so get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. We can provide guidelines on how to book, register and access the classes as well as some useful hints and tips for how to use Zoom.

You must book your place by midnight the day before the class. You will receive the Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the start of the class by logging into your booking account.

Book your place here

Before attending

It is important that you read this document before attending any classes. [Download]

Supported by

The George A Moore Foundation, Ernest Hecht Charitable Trust, and the Evan Cornish Foundation.

Contact us

Please contact us if you wish to discuss anything further or receive the ‘getting started’ guidelines

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.