Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland



Emma Stewart Jones
14-16 Grassmarket, Grassmarket, EDINBURGH, EH1 2JU
0131 225 5525
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Adults, Older People
What age range is it suitable for?
40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65+


WEDNESDAY: 11:30am - 1:30pm


COVID-19 Service UPDATE...

Face-to-face events are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 measures.

During restrictions, Dance Base and Scottish Ballet have been offering online alternatives. At the beginning of July 2020 they announced they will be continuing to offer an online programme until December, with a few small tweaks to the platform and the number of classes previously on offer. There is a revised Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland Facebook page ( created for dancers involved in the DfP Scotland programme to connect and socialise during these challenging times.

Through the Facebook page participants have access to free online classes three days a week. Classes are posted at 11:30am Monday, Wednesday and Thursday by Dance Base and Scottish Ballet, in addition to partners Horsecross Arts, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, and Macrobert Arts Centre. The classes in the Facebook page can be enjoyed by participants at any time, not just live.

Dance Base also announced a brand new programme of digital dance resources as part of their exciting new project, Feel Like Dancing. For 12 weeks, professional dance artists will present new activities for people to do in their homes, exploring different themes, and helping more people to “feel like dancing” together every day. Dance Base is releasing two seated dance classes every week – a short version for a quick energising dance done 1-1, and a longer version for groups to do together. These videos can be enjoyed at any time and accessed

For more information, please contact Meghan Bidwell, Dance Health Manager at Dance Base, via

Normal service details...

The Movement and Dance sessions run every Wednesday at the Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh. The last half hour is social time with fruit and biscuits, tea and coffee.

There is no charge for the sessions.

The aims are to:

- Wake up stiff muscles and improve flexibility
- Encourage mind-body connection
- Improve co-ordination and balance
- Increase self-awareness and self-esteem
- In a supportive and joyful environment.

Classes are led by specially-trained dance teachers with live music provided by a pianist. Live music can be used flexibly to encourage movement and development of sequences. Sessions begin seated to provide a stable base for warm-up exercises then progress to gentle choreographed movement around the floor. All sequences are adaptable for individual situations of more restricted mobility.

The social time at the end of each session is a chance to make connections and feel part of the dance community. Partners and carers often participate in the dance sessions, finding the classes fun and therapeutic for themselves as well as for people with Parkinson’s.

Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1:00pm then 30 minute social café.

Other Services Run By

Edinburgh Branch Parkinson’s UK

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