Dance is a fantastic way to extend your range of movement, according to Rachel Rogers, project development manager at the Merseyside Dance Initiative (www.mdi.org.uk), which runs performance and health projects in the Liverpool area.
These include 50 Moves, a dance and fitness class for people aged 50-plus, and sessions in partnership with the English National Ballet as part of the ENB’s nationwide Dance for Parkinson’s programme (www.ballet.org.uk). It uses ballet and Afro-Caribbean dance to improve short-term mobility and body confidence. ‘Some people who walk in with sticks, walk out without them,’ says Rachel. ‘The great thing is, dance is about artistic expression, not about being ill.’