About Ascendance

Ascendance, a creative charity dedicated to health and well-being, offers dance classes and performance opportunities that are inclusive for all. Our welcoming and friendly community provides rejuvenating experiences for the body and mind, creating a sense of belonging and joy, especially for older adults.

We run specialist Parkinson's friendly programmes led by our exceptional creative dance artists who use image cues and uplifting music to get the body moving and feel more alert. Our tailored exercises focus on balance, coordination, and conditioning while encouraging positivity, enabling individuals to lead fulfilling and active lifestyles.



Fuse Dance Collective


We have our own performance company "Fuse Dance Collective," a community-driven company that rehearses and creates new dance works to be performed in a range of site-specific spaces and prestigious theatre venues and festivals, including The Riley Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, and The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience level, as our diverse cast includes professional dancers and individuals with and without Parkinson's. By participating, you'll enhance your creativity, improve your overall health, and, of course, have fun! At Ascendance everyone can enjoy being a dancer, a choreographer, a director or part of the administrative team. Wellbeing and giving people a voice is at the heart of everything we do.


Watch us in action

Dance classes

Dance classes across Leeds & Bradford. We are on Zoom too - 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 "Dance at Home"

Meet #TeamAscendance

The Board of Trustees, Teaching Team & Volunteers are the passionate professionals at the heart of Ascendance

Latest from Ascendance

November 28, 2023
No One Left Behind -The Big Give

Ascendance are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Campaign again this year, this time raising funds to continue and develop our creative dance activity in Care Homes, ensuring that 'No One is Left Behind' […]

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November 27, 2023
Press Release: 60 Over 60s Dancers Join Together for Winter Celebration

Press Release: 60 Over 60s Dancers Join Together for Winter Celebration On Monday 4th December 60 dancers aged 60+, both with and without Parkinson’s, will come together for a special Winter Celebration of dancing, socialising, […]

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November 7, 2023
Arts Together - Blog - Arts in Care Home Day In the summer, Arts Together offered bursaries in partnership 100% Digital Leeds for Arts in Care Home Day. The three successful bursaries offered a range of activities for people living in care or those […]

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November 7, 2023
Meet the Board

Jan-Pieter Costima Jan-Pieter has been on the Board of Ascendance since 2013 and is presently the Chair. Before joining the Board, Jan-Pieter helped the company with IT and website development in a voluntary capacity.  Jan-Pieter […]

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November 3, 2023
Popping for Parkinson's Workshop + Ascendance Demo

Leeds Parkinson’s UK Local Branch Meeting This Wednesday Date: Wednesday 8th November Time: 2pm-4pm Location: St Chad's Parish Centre, LS16 5JT Come down to this lively dance event with a workshop led by Simone Sistarelli […]

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October 26, 2023
New Dance Wellness Classes at Leeds Rhinos

Get Moving and Stay Active with our Dance Wellness Program! Join us for six weeks of fun and engaging dance routines that will help you achieve your fitness and wellbeing goals. Sessions followed by tea […]

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