Local Dance Organisation Ballet4Life Shortlisted for Award

Nominated for 'inspirational' work for people with Parkinson's and mobility restrictions

Parkinson's Mobility Class Moves to St Peter's


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Local dance organisation Ballet4Life , which offers dance and movement classes to people with Parkinson's and mobility restrictions, has been shortlisted for a prestigious One Dance UK Award 2019.

Ballet4Life and its Director, long term Chiswick resident Donna
Schoenherr, were nominated for the “Inspirational Work in Education” and for the “Inspirational Community Dance Practioner” Awards.

Ballet4Life was also nominated for the “People’s Choice Award” and has now been shortlisted! Only two other organisations are in the running, and they say they are 'very excited' by the nomination.

The One Dance UK Awards ceremony takes place in Manchester in November with a panel of over fifty distinguished guests from the industry acting as the judging panel.

The One Dance UK awards has been developed to recognise the outstanding contribution of professionals and practitioners working in dance. The annual event is an opportunity for people in the dance community to get together, celebrate, acknowledge and reward those who have made an impact over the last 12 months on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape

In 2014, local dance teacher Donna Schoenherr conceived of the idea of a dance organisation that would provide weekly top quality dance and movement classes for those living with Parkinson's, as well as with other mobility restrictions.

Donna, a former professional dancer, and founder of dance organisation Ballet4life.com®, had supported her father through his struggles with Parkinsonís for three decades.

Through these struggles, she had been greatly inspired seeing at first-hand the benefits that movement based therapy had for him and others.

Motivated by her fatherís journey, as well as the New York-based Mark Morris Dance for PD programme, Donna and a dedicated team of volunteers and staff decided to take action. They set to work creating their own dance programme that aimed to improve balance, co-ordination, confidence and the general wellbeing of those living from Parkinsonís.

Move into Wellbeing® has flourished and after three years of hard work recently obtained full charity status.

Classes are devised and run by Ballet4Life.com, using specially trained and experienced teachers. They consist of a series of fun exercises to music with an emphasis on different muscle groups, co-ordination, balance, flexibility, strength and use of voice. All exercises can be performed seated and no previous experience of dance is necessary.

WATCH parts of a session.

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October 16, 2019

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