Dancing with Parkinson's Classes - NEW TERM 6th September

REGULAR CLASSES IN PUDSEY | MEANWOOD | OTLEY | SALTAIRE | NEW TASTER SESSIONS SKIPTON, BAILDON & KALA SANGAM BRADFORD

'DANCING WITH PARKINSONS' CLASSES -

PUDSEY Robin Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre | MEANWOOD Holy Trinity Church | OTLEY Courthouse | SALTAIRE Victoria Hall | BRADFORD

NEW TASTER SESSIONS KALA SANGAM SAT 6TH OCT, 10TH NOV, 15TH DEC 11am-12pm

'Exercise is good for you. And it's especially good for you if you have Parkinson's.'

I was extremely impressed with the way the class was run. Rachel & Emma were inspiring, and I loved the way we did all the dance in small sections to put it together as a whole.

Great music, great company, everyone had a laugh, and no one felt self conscious.

Ascendance is a charitable dance company, founded and led by Artistic Director Rachel Wesson. The organisation works in the local community, providing high-quality arts projects, which seek to bring positive change to health & wellbeing.

The company’s teachers run a specialist strand of workshops specifically for people with movement disorders; to keep the mind and body active, increase mobility, balance, flexibility and to encourage independence and for participants to become more active in their day to day lives. The activity is also designed to empower individuals to discover talents and raise aspirations as a valued member of the community.

‘I was extremely impressed with the way the class was run. Rachel & Emma were inspiring, and I loved the way we did all the dance in small sections to put it together as a whole. Great music, great company, everyone had a laugh, and no one felt self-conscious. My grandchildren will love trying these out. (If I can remember the movements).’ Class Participant

 

Artistic Director

Rachel Wesson trained as a dancer at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and is a founding member of charitable company Ascendance. Rachel has had a thriving career as a choreographer, teacher and arts manager within professional and community sectors, previously working as Project Manager for Blood Memory Dance, Balbir Singh Dance Company and Company Manager for Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble and re-joined Ascendance as Artistic Director in 2017 after her time in Sydney, Australia.

Trained in delivering Dance for Parkinson’s classes, Rachel is committed to researching and developing her work in this field and has established a successful programme across Leeds and Bradford.

Her work with Ascendance has been funded by Arts Council England and other charities to develop the organisation and repertoire.  Rachel undertook a ground-breaking research project ‘Castle’ where she developed a company of dancers from 5-70 years, which explored castle locations and community inclusion. Rachel has also worked as a Dance Lecturer and guest choreographer with several commissions for UK Universities including University of Central Lancashire, Wolverhampton University, York St Johns and Bretton Hall, University of Leeds.
Rachel incorporates her Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice into her work and has recently undertaken the teacher training course with Master Li in Sydney.