An Opportunity to Dance with Parkinson’s

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to English National Ballet’s headquarters at Markova House in London for a taster session dance class for those with Parkinson’s; a memorable and exciting afternoon. Led by the wonderful Danielle we experienced a well structured class which led to a final dance based on the ENB’s current touring production of “Lest We Forget”.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Nervous novices were soon enjoying the whole experience and with careful partnership sections introduced in the dance we soon got to meet other participants and begin to make new friendships. Research has shown that dance can provide many benefits, physical, mental and social. Next week there is another taster session, can’t wait! Parkinson’s UK now has web pages about dance opportunities and how to get involved.

Today I saw the Parkinson’s Nurse and agreed I would continue with just the Rasagiline for a while longer whilst appreciating that I will need to take something more in the coming months. I feel so well I don’t want to jeopardise that! Changing gear is becoming quite difficult so research on an small automatic car has begun, watch this space! I am keeping an eye on possible slight hair loss; is it Parkinson related or maybe just my age!

This month’s holiday has been to Lake Como in Italy with good friends; a glorious lake with beautiful villas and gardens.

In the Italian Lakes

In the Italian Lakes

We went on trips to Lake Maggiore and also on the Bernini Express over the mountains to St Moritz in Switzerland, amazing views and wild flowers. Most of all though I enjoyed visiting the local villages around the lake by boat.

The lovely daughter flew in from Australia at the beginning of July and we managed three very hot days in Avignon, France, travelling directly there by Eurostar. Great service but a few issues with the current disputes in France on the way back, including farmers putting tractors on the line.

Travelling is wonderful but there can also be a few issues!

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