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Dance For Parkinson’s The Beaut Ballet Series

By June 8, 2023No Comments

The Australian Ballet collaborates with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia to host a special series of seated dance classes for adults living with neurological challenges.

Program starts Sunday 18 June at The Australian Ballet studios from 11-12:00pm: Level 5/2 Kavanagh Street, Melbourne. Melbourne: 5 June, 2023 – Local teaching artists with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Katrina Rank and Paris Wages will be collaborating with The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach team for an exciting new series of community classes.

“The Beaut Ballet Series” is comprised of six hour-long dance classes led by Rank and Wages that integrate artistry and thematic work alongside The Australian Ballet’s current program. Resident Choreographer Alice Topp has offered parts of her new ballet Paragon for the participants to explore. Participants will learn about Topp’s creative process and embody a modified version of some of the choreography. Rank and Wages will lead the dancers through various warm-ups and exercises inspired by the ballet Swan Lake.

The project will give access to art not readily made available to people living with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and MS by giving participants a creative voice. Rank and Wages both have advance training in the Dance for PD® program based out of Brooklyn, NY. Rank is the Director of Education at Ausdance Victoria and has been involved in community dance in Melbourne for 30 years. She has a PhD in Dance from Deakin University. Wages has professional dance experience from San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in dance from Florida State University.

The classes start at 11:00am on Sunday 18 June in a studio on level 5 of 2 Kavanagh Street, South Bank. Enter via Kavanagh Street Car Park as Sturt Street is closed. The event is free, supported by The Australian Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s Australia and a grant from the Aged Persons Welfare Foundation.

Bookings necessary at or mobile: 0449058360