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

March 2, 2021

SEND US YOUR FILMS #juruselema challenge Open Call Please send us your own #jeruselema 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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February 23, 2021
Meet our Singing Teacher - Georgia

Georgia Jakubiak is a vocalist, teacher and composer. She graduated from Bretton Hall of Leeds University with a BAHons in Popular Music Studies and soon after joined indie pop band ‘The Research’ on bass guitar […]

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February 17, 2021
Film Friday "Portal"

Join us for the launch of Portal by Filmmaker Lucy Barker in collaboration with Ascendance. The film captures the magical rehearsal process of Ascendance's "Dance with Parkinson's" class, featuring experimental 360 footage taken across Saltaire's […]

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February 17, 2021
Meet Lucy Barker - Film Maker "Portal"

Lucy Barker is an experienced producer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist who is a specialist in facilitating community projects and 360° VR Film work. Lucy has worked closely with Ascendance over the past 3 years with […]

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