ENB’s much-loved production of Le Corsaire is the basis for our spring term of Dance for Parkinson’s workshops, which I co-lead in Oxford as an ENB Associate Artist. This is a swashbuckling tale of pirates, slaves and harems—which we may well bring up to date in our classes with a harem’s revolt … There’s plenty of food for imagination, dance and creativity from our wonderful participants, whose work on the DfP programme can be glimpsed along with our other hubs and the ENB’s company dancers in this short film. One of our regular participants, screenwriter Paul Mayhew-Archer, is currently developing a fictional film inspired by our classes—watch this space!
I recently teamed up with talented dance practitioner Danielle Teale, creator of the DfP programme, to lead a weekend of workshops in Glasgow for Scottish Ballet, who plan to run similar sessions; as well as an introductory course for DfP teachers at the People Dancing conference in De Montfort University, Leicester. The physical and psychological benefits of music, movement and imagination are increasingly recognised by the medical profession, and their effects on our participants in every session are an absolute joy to see.