Scottish Ballet to offer its Dance Health classes digitally

Scottish Ballet to offer its Dance Health classes digitally

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In a bid to target isolated people, Scotland's national dance company presents daily live streams, providing classes for dancers of all ages and abilities

Scotland's national dance company, Scottish Ballet, has announced it will be delivering its SB Health programme online, with the aim of targeting isolated people during this period of lockdown and bringing the benefits of joy and dance to everyone from their own homes. The company is known for its extensive engagement programme that is tailored to the needs of diverse communities, as well as promoting confidence, fostering well-being and encouraging creativity through dance.

Through daily live streams via the Scottish Ballet's Facebook channel, the company remains committed to supporting communities during these unprecedented times by providing classes for dancers of all ages and abilities. Viewers of the channel can participate in classes such as Regenerate for those over 60 to exercise the body and mind, or Family Barre for parents and children to dance together using creativity and imagination.

The live stream classes are also set to ensure the continuation of Scottish Ballet's essential work in supporting people living with neurological conditions through classes such as Elevate for people living with Multiple Sclerosis, Dance for Parkinson's and Time to Dance for people living with dementia.

Talking about the scheme, CEO/Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson, said: 'At Scottish Ballet, dance is our primary connector to each other and our communities. More than ever, we need to make sure people stay connected to their support networks and our SB Health participants are an extension of the Scottish Ballet family. Streaming our dance health classes online supports all those that normally engage with us – but please share the joy of the classes with those who might not have ever experienced them. We welcome everyone!'

The programmes will be led by Scottish Ballet's experienced engagement team and have been designed to offer a form of routine. Through this digital platform, the classes will maintain the company's connection to communities during the isolation period as well as their objectives to improve dancer's coordination, balance, fluidity, movement and mental well-being.

The Digital SB Health classes will start on Monday 30 March at 11.30am and will run as live streams on Facebook at the same time every week day. The programme will include:

Monday: Dance for Parkinson's Scotland
Tuesday: Elevate (dance for Multiple Sclerosis)
Wednesday: Time to Dance (dance for dementia)
Thursday: Regenerate (60+)
Friday: Family Barre for parents and children, led by Principal Bethany Kingsley-Garner

For more information, visit scottishballet.co.uk and watch the live streams at facebook.com/scottishballethq

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