The University of Hertfordshire continues its classes for people with Parkinson's and their carers, friends and family.

Experienced teacher Meryl Kiddier leads an hour-long dance class, incorporating co-ordination and balance exercise in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

The class is followed by an informal tea and coffee session giving participants the chance to chat and share experiences. Meryl Kiddier has been leading Dance for Parkinson's classes for over 5 years, since her own mother-in-law was diagnosed with the condition.

Our dance teacher - Meryl Kiddier

'I am a professional ballroom and Latin dance teacher whose mother-in-law had Parkinson's for over 15 years. Therefore, when contacted by the Chelmsford Parkinson's branch about exercise classes I was very interested to help. To cut a long story short, I spent about 6 months talking to physiotherapists and people with Parkinson's and put together an hour long class which incorporates movement, coordination and balance exercises.'

'I have been doing this for nearly 5 years and now teach at 7 local branches. My aim is to make the class's fun, relaxed and most importantly beneficial to both the person with Parkinson's and anyone who comes along with them. I feel the social interaction is just as important as the exercise.'

Dates of dance classes

  • Fridays between 11:00 - 13:00.

See a list of upcoming Dance for Parkinson's events.

Booking and cost

  • Booking: There is no need to book. The sessions are held on a drop in basis.
    • Pre-booking your place is optional, we accept drop-in participation.
  • Cost: £7.00 per session, inclusive of one carer.

Maps and directions

The venue for Dance for Parkinson's is alternating between 3 location across our campus. Find your way to the right location with the help of our downloadable maps:

Any questions?

Should you have any further questions about Dance for Parkinson's please contact:

Operations Assistant, Faye Sarron by email at f.sarron@herts.ac.uk or call
+44 (0)1707 285395.

Introducing our research

Dr Peter Lovatt, Reader in the Department of Psychology and Sports Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire, talks about current research on the positive impact of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease.

The University has been conducting research in the Dance Psychology Lab into the effects of dance on the symptoms of Parkinson's for the last 4 years. We are committed to raising the public profile of Parkinson's and advocating the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson's.

This research has led to a published academic article on the subject - Mood changes following social dance sessions in people with Parkinson's disease (PDF - 0.5 Mb).

More about the Dance Lab

Email Dr Lovatt if you would like to find out more about our research in regard to dance and Parkinson's disease.