Dance for Parkinson’s new home.

London Canning Town is a very different underground station! Despite having copious notes on how to get out of there many of us have found it very confusing! There are a variety of lifts, not all clearly labelled and I seemed to spend some time going up and down in them! I have now almost mastered the system …. once out you cannot miss English National Ballet at the end of the red bridge leading to City Island.

New English National Ballet building, Canning Town.

The building itself is very modern (see photo) and has magnificent facilities and the dance classes are as brilliant as ever. There are few other occupied premises or people around so coming out at the end of a class, as it is getting dark, is a bit off putting. The monthly class at the Royal Albert Hall will continue so my plan is to do three classes a month, two in Canning Town and one in Kensington and see how it goes.

To celebrate a big birthday in the summer the whole family recently went to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, to see the ballet “Manon” (see photo).

Royal Opera House.

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the dinner on the mezzanine level watching the champagne bar below; fabulous. Handsome Henry, the 2 year old grandson, was looked after by wonderful neighbours.  I get very tired in the evenings but managed not to fall asleep, it is one aspect of Parkinson’s that is a real pain.
October has been a busy one for culture, ten of us went to Glyndebourne Opera to see to “Rigoletto”, fabulous singing  from the touring company. The group enjoyed a very grand indoor picnic with plenty of champagne and fabulous food.
We have a Charity dinner on Friday at one of our favourite restaurants so I think a nap in the afternoon is justified!
After seven years of Parkinson’s it is important to enjoy every occasion. Some things are becoming more difficult but still manageable, long may that last!
I have now been doing this blog since first being diagnosed and over that time it has been read in 104 countries and had 12,411 “hits” … amazing.