Parkinson’s is a progressive condition that affects movement and non-motor abilities due to the reduction of particular cells (dopamine) in the brain. People with Parkinson’s experience a range of difficulties that can affect everyday life. For example, physical difficulties with movement can impact on walking and cause falls. Depression and anxiety may also occur impacting upon wellbeing. Therefore, it is important for people with Parkinson’s and their carers to have access to specially devised physical activities that incorporate a positive social aspect – such as Dance for Parkinson’s at UH. In fact, we recently featured in a BBC TWO documentary presented by Darcey Bussell about the benefits of dance for different groups of people.
Weekly classes during term time run from 11:00-1.00pm on a Friday and include warm ups, various types of dancing from Bollywood to Ballroom, followed by refreshments and some social time.
Attendance can vary from 20-40, and WE NEED YOUR HELP to run and sustain these classes.
Perhaps you could help us by sharing and/or developing your skills in:
The classes are a great way of getting to know other students and staff members, we love a good chat over coffee and cake! For students who would benefit from experience of volunteering with clinical populations, coming along to the classes are a perfect and fun way of getting this type of experience. The society isn't just about supporting the dance classes, they are also about connecting students who have a shared interest, whether it be dance, helping those with long term health conditions, or research. It sounds all serious, but we do have fun, just come along to a class to see!
No experience of dance necessary, just a willingness to get involved (most of us are not trained dancers!).