Dance for people with Parkinson’s was developed by Olie Westheimer in Brooklyn, New York in 2002 with the Mark Morris dance company.  David Leventhal, (one of the dancers in the Mark Morris company) has been very involved with the programme, and has since collaborated with the English National Ballet (ENB).  In 2010 ENB developed a Dance for Parkinson’s programme in London.  Since then ENB have developed a national programme and courses for dance leaders and health professionals, and have researched the model of dance for Parkinson’s with Roehampton University.  A network has been developed, (Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK) - the aim is for every person who has Parkinson’s to have access to a high quality dance class in their locality.

Kt and Jackie's Dance for Parkinson's classes.

These classes are for people living with Parkinson's and their partners / carers / friends.  They are for any age, and any ability.  You don't need to have ever danced before!  We use a variety of music and dance styles. We always start the warm-up sitting on chairs in a circle.  We do some dance in standing, and some moving around the floor - but all the dances can be adapted to be done seated if needed.


When and where?

From 20th July 2021: Every Tuesday morning at the Riverside Leisure Centre, Cowick Street, Exeter. EX4 1AF               

Time: 11am - 12 noon.

NO CLASS ON 31st AUGUST! Zoom class only on this day.


from 24th March 2020, we started WEEKLY ONLINE ZOOM CLASSES - now we are zooming the class from the Riverside.



We are doing them every Tuesday morning from 11am-12noon.  Please contact either one of us at the email below if you are new and would like to join in.  We are charging £24 for 6 sessions or £5 per session drop-in.


£50 per couple, or £30 per person for 6 sessions.

If you want to come to just one session at a time, and pay as you come, the cost is £6 per session (or £10 per couple).


Katie Kelsey: ktsclass1@gmail.com    

Jackie Fowler: jackiesclass53@gmail.com    

Katie and Jackie are Dance for Parkinson’s trained dance instructors, and run classes for people with Parkinson’s in Exeter.

Katie and Jackie are both members of the Dance for Parkinson’s network, and professional members of People Dancing

Both trained with the English National Ballet Instructors.

Why dance is good for people with Parkinson's
About Jackie and Katie