New dance class launched for Parkinson’s sufferers

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People with Parkinson’s disease are being invited to a new dance class designed to improve their mobility and state of mind.

Melanie Brierley is setting up the sessions at St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, with the first one scheduled for Friday, September 13.

They will be held in the Oak Centre at Slyne Road every other Friday between 10am and noon.

The dance and health lecturer, of Arnside, said: “The main benefits from attending the classes are enabling the mind and body to reconnect and finding ways to support that reconnection.

“The second benefit is giving people confidence about moving again and it helps people move in their every day lives and it helps improve balance and mobility and strength.

“We have a lot of fun. It’s very joyous - people come away smiling.”

Carers and families are welcome to attend the classes, which are being put on thanks to funding from the Lancaster and Morecambe group of Parkinson’s UK.