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Dance for Parkinson’s opens in Canning Town

Finally English National Ballet has moved to Canning Town in London and weekly classes will resume. It all sounds incredibly exciting but my journey will be more complicated and possibly longer. However, I plan to “give it a go” and attend the first class on October 5th. The initial class will be shorter and include a tour of the new building to help us find our way round. We have focused on Akram Khan’s “Giselle” for the first few visits and this weekend the group  travelled to Sadlers Wells to see a performance of the new version of the ballet which is very different from the classical most of us know. It is the second time I have seen it and I felt I understood and appreciated it more, the dancing was amazing.
In today’s Sunday Telegraph there is a thoughtful feature by BBC broadcaster Jane Hill whose father and uncle were both affected by Parkinson’s. There will also be two follow up radio programmes called “The Truth about Parkinson’s”.
Up till a few days ago we were lucky enough to have had a glorious, sunny and dry month. I have so enjoyed our trips to West Wittering and playing on the beach and sands. Wonderful to watch the enjoyment of our 2 year old grandson and join in the paddling! We have spent time too in several National Trust properties in Sussex  particularly Nymans, plenty of open spaces for a toddler!

Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight.

We were also blessed with long fine days on the Isle of Wight which we revisited after an absence of many years.
We climbed Tennyson Down, (see photo),visited Osbourne House and reminisced over holidays when we were young.


3 thoughts on “Dance for Parkinson’s opens in Canning Town

  1. Bonjour Elspeth ! Whilst the UK is once again plagued by very wet and stormy weather, we have been very fortunate to be enjoying beautiful warm and sunny days staying with friends in Uzes in southern France. We have just returned from enjoying a delicious supper sitting outside with no need for a cardigan or shawl. Bliss! We will miss this when we return to the UK mid week but are so grateful to have been able to enjoy a lovely break with very special friends. We are so pleased you too had a lovely family holiday in the IOW watching the little man enjoy the freedom to play. We really hope you will be able to continue with your Parkinson’s ballet group and the journey won’t prove too arduous. Looking forward to seeing you next month at ‘The Brain of Brittain’ contest!!

  2. Hello Elspeth, lovely as always to see what you are up to!! I hope that you manage the dancing, and the travelling to get to it. I’m sure it will be worth the effort.Lovely to hear about Henry, and pleased that you are able to spend time together at that lovely age. Gill x 🌞

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