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

Participate

Move intoWellbeing

Sign up for our weekly Chiswick newsletter

Comment on this story on the

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.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact info@neighbournet.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

 

October 16, 2019


Bookmark and Share