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St Joseph’s Hospice brings ‘Dancing with Parkinson’s’ to Hackney

Around 800 people in Hackney and the City are living with Parkinson’s. Keeping healthy through varied activities can contribute to people’s overall positivity and wellbeing which is a fundamental part of staying fit and well when living with Parkinson’s.

St Joseph’s Hospice offers a range of services for people with Parkinson's, to help alleviate symptoms and provide support through physiotherapy and group activities.  It is now expanding its portfolio with the introduction of ‘Dancing with Parkinson’s’, a social and uplifting free dance class where people with Parkinson’s, their family and carers can come together and share in the creativity and joy of dancing in a friendly and supportive setting. People of all ages and at all stages of the condition throughout the community will be encouraged to give it a try and engage with dance.

Led by expert dance artist Danielle Teale and accompanied by a professional musician, the participants will be guided through seated and standing dance exercises to live music, encouraging freedom of expression, a chance to engage with narrative, storytelling, improvisation and movement exercises. This will help to improve stamina, flexibility, strength and all round fitness.

Danielle spoke to us about what it means to her to be working with St. Joseph’s Hospice:
“As a Hackney resident myself, I am keen to bring high quality dance opportunities directly to the heart of the community to enable those that may be isolated to join in celebrating the joys of moving within a setting they feel comfortable.

“I am delighted to collaborate with St. Joseph’s Hospice as together we will provide complementary expertise in high quality support, service provision and dance for people with Parkinson’s. The classes will provide an artistic, creative and sociable activity giving people the opportunity for escapism and freedom from day to day life with Parkinson’s.”

Leslie who is living with Parkinson’s said, "After a Parkinson’s dance class, I walk better, talk better and live better - the specialised movements help maintain my body, my mind and my spirits. I'm delighted that St Joseph's is now running sessions as it is local to me.

“As I become more restricted by the disease, and it gets harder to travel about, this class keeps a valuable element of health support available for me."

The project will launch with two taster sessions in October followed by 12 further sessions.

For more information or to book on to a taster session please contact Charlotte Griffin-Jones on c.griffin-jones@stjh.org.uk or 020 8525 3139.

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