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 Kala Sangam, MS Society, Marie Curie Hospice, Parkinson’s UK, Fighting Fit, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds Rhinos ABC programme to deliver a broad outreach programme, which reaches the many different communities across Yorkshire.


We now run a thriving Dancing with Parkinson’s programme, Led by Rachel Wesson, Emma Clayton and Izzy Brittain in 4 locations across Leeds & Bradford. We have now moved our programme on line but we are planning to get back to the studio soon!

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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Let's dance classes

All our dance classes are on now on Zoom - 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, Caroline and Lucy are the passionate professionals at the heart of Ascendance

Latest from Ascendance

April 26, 2021
Meet Natalie

Natalie is one of our most versatile freelancers at Ascendance, and is a wiz at hosting and teaching on our Dance with Parkinson’s Zoom Programme. Natalie has taken over the Social Media for the charity […]

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April 8, 2021
Jerusalema Dance Challenge video

At 2pm (UK Time, 9am Florida Time) on Sunday 11th April for World Parkinson’s Day, we’ll be releasing our Jerusalema Dance Challenge video featuring over 10 different Dance for Parkinson’s groups as well as our […]

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March 10, 2021
In The News YEP

Leeds dance troupe nets £50k in National Lottery funding for its Parkinson’s group An uplifting dance programme for people with Parkinson’s has won nearly £50,000 in National Lottery funding.

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March 2, 2021

SEND US YOUR FILMS #jurusalema challenge Open Call Please send us your own #jerusalema dance film clips to feature in our new film, which will be released on 11th April 2021 -World Parkinson's Day. We […]

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