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.


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

June 12, 2021
Join the Board of Ascendance!

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 running a thriving Dancing […]

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June 12, 2021
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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May 25, 2021
Get ready - in-person classes are back!

After weeks of trialling and making sure we can adhere to restrictions and distancing, the Ascendance team are bringing back in-person classes as part of a new in-person/zoom hybrid. Taking place in the beautiful, spacious […]

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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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