Parkinson's Dance

Parkinson’s Dance is a fantastic opportunity for people and their carers who are living with the challenges caused by Parkinson’s.

It helps to support balance, movement, voice and independence while providing a friendly social weekly class with time for tea, coffee and talking after the dancing. This is a joyous dance class with a high emphasis on fun and sociability. and the class ensures it covers all the movement exercises that are typically recommended for people with Parkinson’s in an artistic and enjoyable form. The class includes a variety of dance styles with a focus on posture, strength, coordination, balance, creativity and suppleness.  There is also a vocal element to the classes to help with volume and vocal strength.

“The dancer commented: ‘you arrive hesitant because you might make a fool of yourself if you can’t do it’ but then as he told me later on, he found he could let himself go: ‘Not that I’m any good (at the dancing)! I just enjoy it, yeah let yourself go a little bit’.”

Excerpt from the Parkinson’s Dance BU researcher’s notes

This 90 minute dance class is taught by two trained specialists following the Parkinson’s Dance Science Model and seated or standing movement options are offered. It includes a comfort break and participants are welcome to rest whenever they would like. 

Every week finishes with a cup of tea and social time. Please contact us to register.

Contact or ArtsLink on 01935 815899 for more information


Parkinson’s Dance is part of the ArtsLink Fizz! project which is funded for 4 years by the National Lottery Community Fund 2017 – 2021 
ArtsLink would like to express huge thanks to Pavilion Dance Southwest who partnered this project for its first year (2016-2017), providing the expertise and funding to enable us to establish this specialist programme in Sherborne.

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm on Thursdays

9, 16, 23, 30 January

6, 13, (not 20), 27 February

5, 12, 19, 26 March

2 April

Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne DT9 3DY

The venue has lots of free parking and level access.  If transport is an issue for you please contact us and we may be able to help.

Entry is free with donations welcome.  Carers are welcome and encouraged to join in.

“I can’t believe how proud it made me seeing my work on display: I never thought I could do that”


“The class is encouraging, informative, it is a joy to be here”


“Before coming to dance I couldn’t stand, but now I can and find standing and walking easier”

ArtsLink Fizz: Parkinsons Dance

“It made me realise I can still do things that I thought I couldn’t do. It just pushes you”.

ArtsLink Fizz: Art for Memory

“Thank you for an excellent and challenging course”


“it makes you do it at home as well, it inspires you to do what you wouldn’t normally do at home”. “I painted all the garden furniture!”

ArtsLink Fizz: Art for Parents

“The class was helpful and fun. I was really, really happy”

ArtsLink Course Participant

“ArtsLink offers a community as well as art lessons”

ArtsLink Tutor observation