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Dance for Parkinson's Scotland @ Dance Base



The Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme is a joint initiative managed by Dance Base, Scotland's National Centre for Dance and Scottish Ballet, Scotland's National Dance Company, and delivered in partnership with Parkinson's UK.

Ten Dance for Parkinson’s hubs have been set up across Scotland. Hubs operate classes on a weekly basis, these sessions have been designed especially for those with Parkinson’s and their families and carers. Get details about classes at Dance Base, Edinburgh here.

Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland is a national programme delivered in partnership with: Dance Base, Scottish Ballet, Eden Court, Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen Performing Arts, The Beacon Arts Centre, Centre Stage, Shaper/Caper, Dundee and Angus College, Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Horsecross Arts, and Macrobert Arts Centre.

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This national programme is funded by: Dance Base, Scottish Ballet, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Baillie Gifford (Scottish Ballet Dance Health partner) and Parkinson’s UK. We are also thankful for the support we have received from; The Rayne Foundation, RS MacDonald Charitable Trust, Cairn Energy, the Elizabeth Frankland Moore & Star Foundation, J & JR Wilson Charitable Trust, WG Edwards Charitable Trust, Cruden Foundation, Barrack Charitable Trust, Mrs Gladys Row Fogo Charitable Trust, The Robertson Trust, and The Agnes Hunter Trust. We are proud to maintain a relationship with Dance for PD® to foster international best practice, research and professional exchange.

In 2015 Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, and Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s National Dance Company, came together to realise a shared ambition to offer a Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme. Our aspirations were to create a programme which provided inclusive and creative dance and music activities to people with Parkinson’s and their families, as well as increasing the delivery skills of dance practitioners across the central belt. Building on the knowledge and learning developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, both Dance Base and Scottish Ballet have combined forces, along with the University of Glasgow, NHS Glasgow and NHS Edinburgh to increase awareness, raise the profile of the importance of the work, and evidence the progress and impact the work has on people with Parkinson’s.

Jenny Langlands, Former Chief Executive, Dance Base, and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement, Scottish Ballet
June 2017


This evaluation of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland pilot programme was commissioned in the spring of 2017 by Dance Base and Scottish Ballet, and completed by Dr Bethany Whiteside, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It had a broad focus: to interrogate the perceived cultural, social and physical benefits of the Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme for individuals with Parkinson’s taking part.

You can download the evaluation document at the bottom of this page.









Download the evaluation here:

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