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.


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

January 24, 2022
Join the Board of Ascendance!

Become an Ascendance Trustee We are looking for new people to help play a part in shaping our future by joining our existing Board of Trustees! We’re Ascendance, a Leeds dance company who have been […]

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January 17, 2022
Singing is Back!

We're so excited to announce that Singing with Georgia (The State of Georgia ) is back! Starting from this Wednesday 19th Jan and running 11am - 11.45am Warm up those vocal chords and join us […]

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January 2, 2022
New Class Timetable 2022!

Check out our new dance class timetable 2022! Please note the time change on Fridays at St Chads with a 10.30am- 11.30am class for anyone over 50. This will be followed by a HYBRID "Making […]

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December 21, 2021
Shine Christmas Special

One of our much loved participants Roger talks about his experiences of becoming a dancer with Ascendance #dance #parkinsons #Christmas2021 In Focus - What a Performance ( Shine Christmas Edition (

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December 15, 2021
Join Ascendance Rep's Mailing List

Join Ascendance Rep's Mailing List for all the latest news.

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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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