Celebrating 22 years of dance and wellbeing

About Ascendance

Ascendance is a charitable dance company, founded and led by Artistic Director, Rachel Wesson. This year we are celebrating 22 years of outreach, dance and film works for site-specific and theatre venues by leading choreographers.

The organisation currently works across the local community providing high quality arts projects for older people, which improve health & wellbeing through dance exercise, social interaction and performance driven projects.

Ascendance work closely with partners Parkinson’s UK, MS Society, Marie Curie Hospice and Leeds City Council,  to deliver a broad outreach programme, which reaches the many different communities across Yorkshire.

DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S

We now run a thriving Dancing with Parkinson’s programme on-line and face to face at St Chads Parish Centre, Headingley, LEEDS and Victoria Hall, Saltaire, BRADFORD, Led by Rachel Wesson, Emma Clayton, Natalie Haslam and Izzy Brittain. Register here

This specialist strand is for people with movement disorders to keep the mind and body active, increase confidence, aid mobility, balance, flexibility and encourage more independent and active lives. The activity is also designed to empower individuals to discover talents and raise aspirations for themselves and their local communities.

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Dance & Singing classes

Dance classes are on Zoom and we are back Face to Face at St Chads, Leeds & Victoria Hall, Saltaire - Find out more about our specialist classes for older adults who want to stay active for longer!

Ascendance films

Enjoy our gallery of videos and find out about our exciting 360 VR Dance Surrounds projects

Meet the team

Rachel, Emma, Izzy, Natalie, Georgia, Abigail and Caroline are the passionate professionals at the heart of Ascendance

Latest from Ascendance

October 6, 2021
Zoom Guidance

SOME GUIDANCE WHEN JOINING AN ON-LINE SESSION OR USING OUR ON-LINE RESOURCES. Ideally check with your doctor/physiotherapist first to ensure that you are safe to practice at home if you have any concerns. Please indicate […]

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September 12, 2021
Open HYBRID Class for Age Proud Fest

Following the great success of our session at Leeds Museum on Friday, we're opening up our weekly HYBRID class next Friday (September 17th) as part of Age Proud Festival Leeds! Find out more and how […]

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August 9, 2021
Back for another Term!

We're so excited to be back next week* for another term of zooming and rooming, dancing and singing and having fun whilst moving and grooving! See below for details on the new term dates, the […]

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July 23, 2021
Become a Pledger!

What a fantastic term we’ve had! Zoom classes, in-person classes, hybrid classes, a Wellerman dance and a brand-new podcast series! We can’t wait to be back in a few weeks with more classes and we […]

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July 22, 2021
Introducing our Podcast Series!

We are so excited to release our podcast series, exploring more about the lives of our wonderful Dance with Parkinson's participants. In our first podcast, host Sam McCormick talks to Ascendance regular Roger aged 78 […]

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July 12, 2021
Podcast: Interview with Roger

We are so excited to release our podcast series, exploring more about the lives of our wonderful Dance with Parkinson's participants. In our first podcast, host Sam McCormick talks to Ascendance regular Roger aged 78 […]

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