A YORK dance group for people with Parkinson’s celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Wigginton Dance Group is frequented by people at different stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Classes are held at Wigginton Recreation Hall, Wigginton, and Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre, Malton.
Sessions are taught by professional dance teachers Angela Kirkham and Michaela Kemp who have special training in dance therapy for people with the condition, and offer a course in mobility and gentle dance movement.
To mark ten years, the group sat down for a special tea.
Members praised the courses.
Rosemary Webster, who also attends the class, said: “The dance session has such a positive effect on my body that I can move so much easier afterwards. Angela and Michaela are so supportive, helpful and fun.”
A whole range of dance styles are offered during the lessons.
Class member Eric Constable said: “You might find yourself doing a waltz, the Lambeth Walk, the tango or just walking around to the music.”
Classes also provide a time to be with friends.
Eric said: “By finishing the session sitting in a circle, a feeling of well-being and conviviality ensues.
“Once the course is over, you have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms or your medications with other people or just catch up over a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, which is a very important part of the relaxation process.”
Class member Ned Manasir added, “It’s not just dancing, it’s socializing when you can have a good chat and laugh with friends.”
The charity Parkinson’s UK says dancing has been shown to have many benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Basic dance techniques can improve your posture, core strength, and coordination.
Teacher Angela Kirkham is Artistic Director of Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Center in Malton and brought Dance for Parkinson’s to North Yorkshire in 2012.
During the pandemic, class members came together to dance on Zoom thanks to the hard work of teachers.
The course at Wigginton takes place at the Wigginton Recreation Hall on a Friday and runs from 10.30am to 12pm.
It is run by Sylvia Flaherty on behalf of York Parkinson’s Group and usually accommodates 20 or more people.
Partners and caregivers are encouraged to participate.
The course in Malton takes place on a Tuesday at the Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Center at 1.30pm.
Newcomers are welcome in the classrooms, where refreshments are also provided.
Further details can be provided by contacting Sylvia Flaherty on 01904 490987 or emailing [email protected]
For more information visit: http://yorkparkinsons.co.uk/