The shortlistOur winners were chosen from a shortlist of 3 entries in each category. Choosing between the 67 inspiring entries was not an easy task and each entry was special in its own way. Thank you to Omari ‘Motion’ Carter from The Motion Dance Collective and Jenna Lee from Jenna Lee Productions who supported us with the shortlisting.
+ Ayla Clare
Quite simply Ayla just loves to dance. This was a piece she improvised earlier this year and shows maybe more passion than technique. It oozes goose bumps. Ayla's grandma has advanced dementia but every month Ayla dances for and with the residents of the care home. They don't always remember her but they love every second of that moment in time.
+ Valerie's Dance
Entered by Geoff Brokate. Valerie is a regular participant in our weekly dance class for people with Parkinson’s which has been running for 3 years in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The film captures Valerie’s natural movements and their connection to nature, from the shake of a hand and the rustle of a leaf, to the warmth of the sun and the memory of her children playing in the park.
The fiddle plays in response to Valerie’s dance which is set under the branches of a tree in her local park. It follows a woman struggling with the grief and loss one faces in daily life when living with a condition such as Parkinson’s combined with the hope and courage needed to remain strong and alive.
"It feels like I am being robbed every day and stripped of my identity” is a quote taken from one of my local branch members when asked what it is like having Parkinson’s.
+ Ellie Watkinson
My contemporary dance teacher and I created this piece the day before a competition I was attending and it turned out to be my favourite piece I have danced to. This is a dark mature piece about a drug addict. I love the movement and the story and emotion behind the movement.
Parkinson's group entries
+ Scottish Ballet
We asked our class how dancing made them feel, and lots of people came back with 'I Feel Good... danananananana, I knew that I would' so we decided to use James Brown as our inspiration.
The video features class members, volunteers and staff from our 2 weekly classes, inpsired by the journey that dancing takes us on - from feeling disconnected from our bodies and ourselves, to feeling liberated, playful, uplifted and connected.
Choreography is a joint effort from all class participants!
+ Strictly Parkinson's
This entry is from Strictly Parkinson's, a dance group who meet once a week in Builth Wells in rural mid Wales. The group is made up of people living with Parkinson's. We are members of the South Powys branch of Parkinson's UK (Wales). This film represents some of what we do and shares key words on how dance makes us feel. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.
+ National Dance Company Wales + ENB
National Dance Company Wales’ Dance for Parkinson’s project forms the backbone of the company’s renewed commitment to participation in dance to support health and well-being for those most in need.
Created in partnership with English National Ballet (ENB), NDCWales’ Dance for Parkinson’s project invites people with Parkinson’s and their carers/ family to take part in a termly dance course, delivered at the professional dance studio at NDCWales’ Dance House in Cardiff Bay. Participants engage in weekly sessions which incorporate live music, dance, rhythm and voice.
+ Charlotte & Jessica
This is Charlotte Douglas & Jessica Templeton performing their contemporary number to Skipping Stones. Charlotte's grandfather has got Parkinsons Disease and she is very aware of the impact it has on the whole family. This cause is close to our hearts and therefore that is why the girls wanted to perform together, putting their feelings and expressions into action through dance.
They have enjoyed working together. The whole experience has been lots of fun and we hope you enjoy their routine.
+ Ananya Chatterjee - Bharatanatyam
Hi! I am Ananya, founder and artistic director of KALAKUNJ, a community-based performing arts group based in Reading, and a practitioner of Bharatanatyam for the last 30 years. Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest Indian classical dance forms and originated in the temples of South India.
The name 'Bharatanatyam' is derived from three basic concepts of Bhava (expression of emotions), Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythmic beats). It is a complete form of dance and one of the most subtle, sophisticated and graceful styles of dance in the world. Its practice helps to imbibe discipline, co-ordination of body movements, rhythmic sense and inner strength.
It is relevant because it helps to put us back in touch with our roots. The very essence of the dance style is to heal and to harmonize the mind, the soul and the body, and to reaffirm the existence of beauty and truth. Our dance presentation is called THILLANA, which incorporates a number of alluringly sculpturusque postures and varied patterns of intricate movements based on a set rhythm or TALA.
I was inspired by my husband to create this video who specialises in movement disorders to help raise awareness about Parkinsons.
+ A Rare Glimpse
We decided to make a short film celebrating the spontaneous pleasure of cross-generational creative doing in different creative disciplines Here, older dancers Jane Turner and Tim Taylor, who first met each other at college 35 years ago, enjoy sharing in improvised dance as Levana completes another bold painting. The music is provided by respected peer Mike Willox and filmed by partner Chris Frazer Smith.