Our dance practice and research transforms the practice of health, cultural and dance organisations and practitioners, valuing both wide impact across national and international communities and deep impact on individuals and organisations.
The research of Sara Houston has had wide-reaching and meaningful impact on the wellbeing of those living with Parkinson’s Disease. Her work has transformed dance provision for people with Parkinson’s in organisations across North America, Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom, enabling and empowering these organisations to deliver classes and support which delivers physical and emotional wellbeing benefits for those dancing. Most medical research into Parkinson’s has focused on finding a cure for the disease, or at least on understanding it in more depth. For many years it was thought that exercise would exacerbate the symptoms and consequently few studies were carried out on the effects of exercise on Parkinson’s. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill’s work was the first in the UK to scrutinise how dance as art was experienced by people with Parkinson’s, the effects of dance on social and emotional wellbeing, balance, posture and gait, as well as the influence of people with Parkinson’s on dance practice.
Beatrice Allegranti’s Moving Kinship hubs uses her research in dance movement psychotherapy to enable those experiencing Young Onset Dementia, along with their families, to use dance to work through difficult feelings and life experiences alongside celebrating achievements, delivering enhanced cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Incorporating feminist new materialism and posthumanism, her research engages with the ethics and politics of kinship, vulnerability, othering and care. Beatrice Allegranti’s work posits the entanglement of bodies with environment and language, to reframe experiences of vulnerability and loss.