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, 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 starting two new face - to face classes in Leeds and Bradford.

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, Natalie, Abigail and Caroline are the passionate professionals at the heart of Ascendance

Latest from Ascendance

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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July 12, 2021
Podcast: Interview with Caz

In our final podcast of the series, host Sam McCormick chats to new Ascendance joiner Caz. Caz has only recently joined our classes but has made up for any lost time by going to each […]

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July 12, 2021
Podcast: Interview with John

John talks to Sam Mc Cormick about his fascinating life which dance has played a major part of from dancing all weekend as part of the Northern Soul craze to Dancing everyday with Ascendance. 

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June 23, 2021
Meet Abigail

We're very excited to welcome the wonderful Abigail to the Ascendance team! Abigail began ballet classes at the age of 2 and as a child, took her classical ballet examinations with the Royal Academy of […]

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