Dance Therapy




Dance4Fun

This popular session of Dance for Parkinson's continues to run every Thursday

(except for holidays)  at Elim Church Hall.

You are welcome to join them at  10.30pm for cup of  tea and a chat. 

The  class starts at 11am prompt and finishes at around 12 noon

Bring a friend if you like, and remember, no previous dance experience required! 

Expect to move, play and have fun. 

Led by community dance practitioner Natalie Speake.


Contact Natalie: 07723 452673




Holiday dates for 2017  listed below:

There will be no class on these dates:



Easter         20th & 27th April 

Closed         8th June

                                        Summer              27th July, 3rd, 10th & 17thAugust,
 
      Autumn
              12th October

              Christmas          21st & 28th December 




'When I Dance'
Written by  Eileen Kenny





In December 2016
, Parkinson’s UK held a National dance competition, entitled:

 ‘When I Dance.’

There were different categories to enter and Natalie Speake, our own dance tutor
from the Halifax branch (who runs the Dance4Fun session) decided to enter
Valerie Harrison, in the Solo section.


Can you imagine the euphoria at the dance class where it was announced that Valerie’s dance had been shortlisted to the final three?  We would have to wait a few days for the result…............. 
But it came and YES, Valerie’s Dance had indeed won the competition!

A few words from Valerie…

"I've had all day to think about the results of the competition and I keep coming back to the fact that it's a wonderful thing to be able to promote what can be achieved regardless of physical disabilities. The group has shown me that it is okay to be sad, to cry if you want to and let emotions out if that's what you want to do. I feel blessed to have discovered you all and very grateful for the acceptance, friendship and understanding that Bruce and I have experienced. If there is any way we can help or promote the work of the Thursday group, we will, as I would like to see others in my position benefit.”

…and a few words from Natalie...

"It was a real affirmation of the hard work and determination that goes into the running of a dance class for people with Parkinson's and how beneficial dance can be for people of all ages and abilities.

I've been asked by the director of the Parkinson's Dance Network UK to lead a workshop in April for other dance artists and group facilitators with two other dance artists. The national recognition for my teaching is wonderful and exciting.”

 

Part of Valerie's prize is to spend time in London with the amazing judges who loved Valerie and the film so much ...

 

Anyone wishing to see the film can do so here, https://vimeo.com/193078666

 

Dance4Fun is held at Elim Pentecostal Church, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY,
on Thursdays from 10.30am(for refreshments and chatter)



Dance begins at 11.00am until 12 noon