A4D Dabke Folk Dancing with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

Every Friday
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
for participants
for carers

Join our brand new 8-week dance programme and discover how to make your body and mind move freely and joyfully. Explore how renowned contemporary dance choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh creates movement, rejoice in dancing together and make your own dance using the communal and celebratory folk dance of Dabke (intergenerational Middle Eastern wedding dance).   There will be a tea and biscuit break at the end and the chance to mingle.

This programme is designed for adults with early-stage dementia, their companions and those looking to preserve brain health, with or without a diagnosis.

The project is part of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (SJD) national mass participation Dabke events which they are hoping to perform across the UK, inspired by their production, Clorinda Agonistes, which will tour around the UK in summer 2022.

Dates: Friday 8, 15, 22, 29 October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2021

Time: 10:30am -12:00pm

Please arrive at 10:15am (15 mins prior to the session start time.)

The Venue

The sessions will be held at the Abbey Centre in Westminister which is fully accessible for all wheelchair users.  Located near Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square it has excellent transport links being just a short walk from St James’s Park, Victoria and Westminster underground stations and close to Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo train stations.  For more information on the space and how to get there visit the abbeycentre.co.uk


Places on the programme are limited and you need to register in advance. Please contact Emily using the contact details below.

Important: Covid security

To assure all our participants the greatest possible confidence and to minimise risk:

  • This programme is open only to participants who have been double vaccinated against Covid.
  • You need a negative Covid test result 48 hours before each workshop.

You can order a set of lateral flow tests here.

This programme is supported by

Verified in-person event
Arts 4 brain health Dementia friendly Early stage Dance Dance & Movement

Event address

Abbey Centre
34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, UK
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Transport options: Buses, Underground, Rail