About Ascendance

Ascendance is a charity organisation working in the Dance for Health sector, combining professional work with a community dance company, weekly classes and outreach projects.


We have become a regional flagship for our Dance with Parkinson’s programme and work hard to provide a caring and crucial service to our community.

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Since 2017, we have focused our community & participatory work on individuals with long term neurological conditions, many of whom have seen access to supportive therapies, such as physiotherapy reduced & their social networks diminished through isolation & lack of provision.

This year, Ascendance has continued to provide a regular programme of dancing and singing classes for individuals with neurological conditions and has provided vitally important outreach to care homes and hospices, building a strong community of 'Dancers with Parkinson's' across Yorkshire.

dancing for wellbeing

Dance & Singing classes

Dance classes are on Zoom and we are back Face to Face at St Chads, Leeds & Victoria Hall, Saltaire - 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, Georgia, and Caroline are the passionate professionals at the heart of Ascendance

Latest from Ascendance

June 21, 2022
Ascendance wins Sport England Funding

Marie Curie Hospice Bradford and Ascendance are launching a new Neuro Dance Exercise course for people with Parkinson's, MS and other neurological conditions! With £7200 funding from Sport England, Ascendance are encouraging more people to […]

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June 13, 2022
New Neuro Dance Exercise course

We are launching a brand new Neuro Dance Exercise course for people with Parkinson’s, MS or any other neurological conditions! It is free to attend and will take place each week at Marie Curie Hospice, […]

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June 2, 2022
Ascendance - Iceberg

Read all about it. Great to be featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post - a lovely story about our recent performance of #ICEBERG at the Riley Theatre Click for the article here

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April 13, 2022
Sign up Dancers with Parkinson's : New Term - Starting 19th April 2022

Join the community...

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April 6, 2022
HYBRID - Dance with Parkinson's

Watch a captivating insight into Ascendance's 'Dance with Parkinson's' community, dancing at home on Zoom and returning to face-to-face classes and public performances after long periods of isolation during lockdown. The film looks at some […]

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April 6, 2022
Shifting Tides - Out Now

Filmed in the Yorkshire village of Farsley at Sunny Bank Mills, Shifting Tides is Ascendance's latest dance work.

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