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Receive training in an acclaimed global program that helps people with Parkinson’s experience the joys and benefits of dance.

Teacher Training Workshop
Melbourne, Victoria
Sept. 14-15, 2014
Learn more and apply here.

Are you a trained dancer or dancer instructor who is interested in making a greater impact in the community? Are you a therapist or movement practitioner who is excited to learn new techniques that expand and deepen your practice?

Our workshops are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to introduce people with Parkinson’s to the joys and benefits of a customized dance experience. During Dance for PD® workshops, our specially-designed training modules, demo class and interactive sessions provide a wealth of information to experienced dance teachers and other interested participants.

Our Melbourne workshop is designed primarily for dance teachers, although therapists, yoga, fitness and Pilates teachers, group coordinators, Parkinson’s community leaders, carepartners, allied health professionals and others are warmly invited to attend as Active Auditors through our Educational and Professional Enrichment program. More information about our training program is available here.

Since 2007, more than 600 people from 30 U.S. states and 12 countries have participated in Dance for PD® workshops, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in New York.

Workshop details

The workshop will take place September 14-15 in Melbourne.

Sunday, Sept. 14
Elancé Adult Ballet Studio
9:00am – 6:00pm
33-37 Camberwell Rd,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123

Monday, Sept. 15
Camberwell Uniting Church Hall
314 Camberwell Road,
Camberwell, VIC 3124

Enrollment is extremely limited, and workshop places are available on a first preregistered first reserved basis. Our workshops tend to become fully subscribed very quickly.

Please click here to download a workshop flyer.

“This workshop was completely satisfying, both on personal and professional levels. I thoroughly enjoyed each day’s activities and the way in which [the trainer] conducted the discussions and experientials. His teaching ability is outstanding, along with his understanding of group process…I feel uplifted and inspired by all I witnessed…”
—2012 Trainee


$200.00 – $250.00
Professional discounts available.

Tuition includes all printed materials and sessions, as well as a one-year Dance for PD® program membership, which provides special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $48 value), as well as access to our international teachers’ listserv.

No payment is required to apply. Please click below to complete our application. We will notify you upon acceptance into the workshop and will include final registration and payment information at that time.

“This was an exceptional experience, and I feel priviledged to have had this opportunity! If all dance classes were this inspiring, educational and uplifting, everyone would dance!”—2012 workshop participant

Apply and pre-register today!

About Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

The Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program started through an initial Dance for PD® presentation at the National Parkinson’s Conference in Brisbane in 2012. Since then, Australian Program Coordinator Erica Rose Jeffrey has worked with the dance and Parkinson’s communities to share the joys of dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. Working with Dance for PD® founding teacher and Program Director David Leventhal, the first Australian teacher training workshops were offered in May of 2013 in Sydney and Brisbane at Queensland Ballet. Dance for Parkinson’s Australia offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in ACT, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. In our classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 100 other communities around the world. Key global partners include Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and Dancing with Parkinson’s (Toronto) as well as organizations like Houston Ballet, English National Ballet, GOTRA Ballet (Netherlands), Canada’s National Ballet School, and Queensland Ballet. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. An on-going collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. The Dance for PD® method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Berlin (2005), the World Parkinson Congress in Washington, D.C. (2006) and at Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. The program was recognized as a model program at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s annual conference (2010). The World Parkinson Congresses in Glasgow (2010) and Montreal (2013) included Dance for PD demonstration classes, and the program was presented two years in a row at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park. Features about the program have appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Reuters, and in The New York Times and USA Today, among others.

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