Celebrating 20 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 20 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.

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

January 9, 2021
Spring Dance with Parkinson's Timetable

New ClassesOur weekday online classes our designed for adults who want to stay active for longer, mobility restrictions or movement disorders at any age. Participants explore a range of dance styles and music genres from […]

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October 3, 2020
Zoom Film - Leeds Digital Festival

This week Ascendance presented their new zoom film at Leeds Digital Festival, hosted by Forum Central, exploring how the 3rd sector in Leeds is embracing digital tools & methods to stay connected during Covid-19. The […]

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August 12, 2020
Thoughts on Zoom

It is a surprise progression, but in some ways a natural one, that DWP members have moved their weekly practice class onto video.  Ascendance was already using video to promote the impact and benefit of […]

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June 22, 2020
Dancing on Zoom - Chris & Chris Grayston

PARKINSON'S DANCE CLASS We (my wife and I) love coming to the Thursday dance class with Rachel. It is a very good dance class and you can feel yourself getting fitter with every week that […]

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