Boost to dance programme for people with Parkinson’s

Thanks to some generous funding from Croydon Relief in Need we are working with the Croydon Parkinson’s UK local branch to invigorate and develop their dance programme for people living with Parkinson’s.

Mondays 1-2pm Purley United Reformed Church, CR8 2LN, tea and coffee afterwards.

First & third Thursday of the month, 12.45-2.15pm St.Mildred’s, Addiscombe, CR0 7EB

These classes are for people with Parkinson’s and carers are welcome too. The classes use various styles of dance such as contemporary, ballet, creative and ballroom dance. They are accessible to all ages and abilities, with seated and standing options throughout. The relaxed environment offers a sense of freedom to be creative and make mistakes! Laughter guaranteed, all welcome.

Over the past 10 years the research into dance and PD has been significant and shows a strong link between dance and improved health and wellbeing. In April 2015 English National Ballet released a report following a three year research study into the benefits of dance for PD:

‘The main benefits of dancing with Parkinson’s are in the mental activity it provides and in emotional and social health and wellbeing. We can conclude that dancing is a good and challenging mental workout for people with Parkinson’s and allows some participants to cope better with symptoms and disability. It offers a positive environment where there is a community of support through dance, allowing participants to nurture positive attitudes to the future and a sense of independence’.

For more information, an information discussion about the project or to book call Gemma on 07887 781361 or email

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