Classes and contact information

For more information on how to get involved in Dance for Parkinson’s please contact:

Erica Rose Jeffrey – Director and Lead Teacher of Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

P: 0730401930 (please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible)  |  E: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

ACT

Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre

Dance for Wellbeing – for people living with Parkinson’s

Belco Arts presents the popular weekly dance program in the ACT specifically designed for People with Parkinson’s. Enjoy the fun and challenge of working your brain, your body, your memory and your imagination in this fun filled hour.  No previous experience is necessary.
Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable and engaging dance activities, led by Jacqui Simmonds and Amy Macris.

Days: Tuesdays
Time: 1:00-2:15pm
Venue: Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Contact: Philip Piggin
Phone: 02 6173 3300
Email: philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au
More info: www.belconnenartscentre.com.au
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet.
Dates: Starting 4 Feb- 15 December 2020
Parking:  Parking is available in carpark adjacent to the Arts Centre, or in Westfields Belconnen, diagonally opposite the centre.
Cost: $10

Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Dance for Wellbeing – for people living with Parkinson’s

This popular weekly dance program is also presented at Tuggeranong Arts Centre in south Canberra, by Belco Arts. Enjoy the fun and challenge of working your brain, your body, your memory and your imagination in this fun filled hour, specifically designed for People with Parkinson’s.  No previous experience is necessary.
Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable and engaging dance activities, led by Jane Ingall and Gretel Burgess.

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm
Venue: Tuggeranong Art Centre, 137 Reed St, Greenway,  ACT
Email: philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au
More info: http://www.tuggeranongarts.com/dancing-for-people-with-parkinsons/
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet.
Dates: Starting 5 Feb-16 December 2020
Parking:  Parking is available in 2 carparks adjacent to the Arts Centre.
Cost: $10

Victoria

Dance 4 All

Website 

FREE Dance for Neurobalance class on the YMCA Victoria website: https://virtualy.ymca.org.au  Registration is simple (DOB, post code and email) and free to all Australians.  The classes are taught by me and are 45min long and can be viewed any time and with multiple viewings.

Melbourne – Hampton- Bayside

Dance for Parkinson’s and Wellbeing

Dates: Thursdays
Time: 10:45-12noon
Venue: Hampton Seniors Centre, 14 Service Street Hampton
For more information and to register contact: Shannon Parsons
Phone: 0417071364
Email: shannonparsonsaus@gmail.com

Price: $10 per class

To register

More info: https://dance4all.online/

This program is supported by Bayside City Council.

Melbourne – Preston

Dates: Mondays, online during school terms
Time:  2:00pm-3:00pm (Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra)
Venue: Online via Zoom

For more information contact: Katrina Rank
Phone: 0416383865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com

To register:  Zoom meeting registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More info: https://dance4all.online/

Melbourne – Hawthorn 

Dance for Neurobalance – Sponsored by Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Dates: Ongoing weekly class every Wednesday
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm with social time following class in the centre’s cafe
Venue: Studio Room 2 of the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 1 Grace Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

Price: Casual cost $10.50 or with presentation of a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and/or a Centrelink Health Care Card cost $5.50. * cost of class includes use of centre facilities including Heated Hydro-therapy indoor pool and outdoor pool* http://www.hawthorn.boroondaraleisure.com.au

For more information and to register contact: Paris Wages
Phone: 0449 058 360
Email:
quixoticdancetech@gmail.com

More info: https://dance4all.online/

Dance for Neurobalance – Sponsored by Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Dates: Ongoing weekly class every Friday
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm with social time following class in the centre’s cafe
Venue: Studio Room 2 of the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 1 Grace Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

Price: Casual cost $10.50 or with presentation of a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and/or a Centrelink Health Care Card cost $5.50. * cost of class includes use of centre facilities including Heated Hydro-therapy indoor pool and outdoor pool* http://www.hawthorn.boroondaraleisure.com.au

For more information and to register contact: Paris Wages
Phone: 0449 058 360
Email:
quixoticdancetech@gmail.com

More info: https://dance4all.online/

 

Westside (Brooklyn) 

Dates: Ongoing weekly class, aligned to Victorian public school terms. In person and online.
Time: 10-11am
Venue: Brooklyn Community Hall, opposite 23 Cypress Ave, Brooklyn

Price: The first class is free.  Subsequent face to face classes are $10 each for Term 2 ($15/class from 01 July 2021), online attendance is free.

For more information and to register contact: Shannon Parsons
Phone: 0417 071 364
Register here

More info: https://dance4all.online/

This class is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council through its Make It Happen Grants program.

NSW

Alstonville & Wollongbar 

Venue: Balletcoaching@The Dance Warehouse, Unit 17, 58-62 Simpsons Ave, Wollongbar.
Ground floor level, wheelchair accessible, purpose built Air-conditioned studios.
Dates & Times: Wednesdays 10.45am & Thursdays 11.45am weekly
Cost: $10 per class for people with Parkinsons,  partners and/or carers free
What to wear:  Comfortable, non restrictive leisure wear clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
Class Description: Gentle, fun, low impact exercise work out for all ages, all stages, all levels, all abilities to keep you moving.  No dance experience is required. Guided movement to music In chairs, supported, or standing, including progressive warm up and dances leading to longer flowing phrases for a continuous flowing sense of movement, we explore elements of dance in a stimulating, enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment.
Parking: Plenty of free untimed centre parking available. Handicapped parking available.
For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Monique
Phone: 0411 306430
Email: info@balletcoaching.com

Goulburn

Dance for Wellbeing Community  Class 

Venue:  St Nicholas Church, 17 Kinghorne St, Goulburn,  NSW
Dates: Tuesdays,  starting 4 February 2020
Time:  10:00am-12:00pm
All abilities welcome- registration is required. Morning teas is provided for free.
For More information and to register please contact:
Phone: 0248234407
Email: ao@southerntablelandarts.com.au

Shoalhaven

Shake rattle and roll – Dancersise/movement classes
Contact: Jaye Cartwright
Phone: 0401 200 720
Venue: Bomaderry Community Centre
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 11:00am
Venue: Huskisson Community Centre
Time: Thursday’s 12:30pm

Sydney – Rozelle

Dance for Parkinson’s – Rozelle

Venue:  Hannaford Centre, 608 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039 NSW
Dates:  Thursdays
Time:  12:00pm-1:00pm
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
Parking:  Drop off point: Nelson Street at Centre’s Nelson St door.

Metered parking on Nelson Street.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045
Email: dance@dancepdau.org

Sydney – Erskineville

Dance for Parkinson’s – Erskineville – PAUSED for 2021 due to venue restrictions due to Covid protocols

Venue: Erskineville Town Hall
Dates: Tuesdays in January and follow school holiday terms.
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

Classes taught by Catherine Goss and local Sydney teachers.

What to wear: Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
Parking: Street parking available – 2 hours.

It is a very short walk from Erskineville train station.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045
Email: dance@dancepdau.org

Sydney – Pennant Hills

Dance for Parkinson’s – Pennant Hills

Venue:  Pennant Hills Community Centre
Corner Yarrara Road and Ramsay Road (in Library building), Pennant Hills
Dates:  Mondays – in line with the NSW school terms.
Time:  1:00pm-2:00pm class
Parking: Street parking available
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.

Sydney – Kogarah

Dance for Parkinson’s – Kogarah

Venue: Kogarah School of Arts.
Crn or Bowns and Queens street. Entrance on Queens street.
Dates: Fridays – in line with NSW School terms.
Time:  1:00pm-2:00pm class
Parking: Street parking available.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.

Burger Centre and Dance for Parkinson’s- Randwick

Venue: The Burger Centre, 120 King Street, Randwick 2031,

www.burgercentre.com.au

Dates:  Mondays, Classes Start Monday in January 2020 and follow school holiday terms
Time:  11:15am-12:15pm class
Please arrive 10 minutes early to fill in Covid forms.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
Cost:$10 per class, partners and/or carers free

Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045, dance@dancepdau.org

Dance for Parkinson’s – Mosman

Venue: Seniors’ Centre at the Civic Centre in Mosman Square, Mosman NSW 2088
Dates:  Fridays
Time:  10:15am-11:15am class
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
Cost:$10 per class, partners and/or carers free

Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045, dance@dancepdau.org

Newcastle

Dancing for Parkinson’s-Newcastle

Venue: Warners Bay Theatre, Lake Macquarie, NSW 2282
Dates:  Tuesdays, in school term dates
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Class Description: 30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
Class Cost:$10 per class for term booking or $12 casual rate

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Jess Conneely
Phone: 0419449578
Email: jess@dance4wellbeing.com  

https://dance4wellbeing.com/

Hunter Valley

Dancing for Parkinson’s-Hunter Valley

Dancing for Parkinson’s

Venue:The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall Corner of James St and George St, Morpeth NSW 2321
Dates:  Fridays, following school terms
Time: 10:30am – 11:30pm
Class Description: 30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Mikola
Phone: 0401902898
Email:  Suzanne: suepettit55@gmail.com

Penrith

Venue: Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Bringelly Rd, Kingswood NSW, 2747
Dates: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm
Cost: $10 or by donation
Class Description: Organised by the Nepean Blue Mountains Parkinson’s Support Group – www.nbmpsg.org

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Vivienne Ross
Phone: 0404 836 921
Email: barravivz@iinet.net.au

Port Macquaire

Venue:  Rotary Hall, HASTINGS River Drive, Port Macquarie 2444
Dates:  Wednesdays
Time:  9:30am – 11:00am
Class Description: Class begins with a welcome circle and a Tai Chi warm-up.A variety of fun exercises such as Mirroring and Stretching with music, Dancing in chairs. Simple, Argentine Tango walking steps to music with emphasis on core strength and balance, repeated each week to maintain memory. Social morning tea and chat time, a special themed morning every 7 weeks with invited guests to perform. Term breaks.
Class Cost: $2.50 per person per week. 
Parking: Flat driveway, Plenty of parking directly outside the hall. Ramp or steps to door.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Sheila MacDougall and Russell Wilkinson
Phone: 02 65 838203 or 0438849964
Email: russtystango@gmail.com

Wentworth Falls

Venue: Wentworth Falls School of Arts, 217-219 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2782
Dates: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Class Description: Enjoy one hour of gentle exercise to favourite music seated and standing. A qualified movement facilitator will offer participants an integrated and creative experience to encourage self-confidence, mobility, mental and physical wellbeing. Social gathering with light refreshments follows every class.
Cost: By Donation

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Vivienne Ross
Phone: 0404 836 921
Email: vivienne@bmpsg.org

or

Contact: Natasha Cesco
Phone: 0466 249 252
Email: natcesco@gmail.com

Online class every week:

When: Wednesdays –  via Zoom. Link sent day before and a one off registration is required.
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
More information and registration details: Please contact Cathie Goss for more details and to register for the class. dance@dancepdau.org. 0414 067045.

Coffs Harbour

Venue: Boambee East Community Centre, Bruce King Drive, Boambee East

and       Mater Christi Aged Care Facility, Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged

Day: Wednesdays, weekly
Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Cost: $10 or by donation

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Vicent Carroll
Phone: 66592333
Email: vincent.carroll@health.nsw.gov.au

or

Contact: Julie Ross at Julie Ross Dance Studio
Phone: 0266519419
Email: vjrdsnews@julierossdance.com.au

Bowral

Prancing for Parkinson’s

Venue:  Bowral Baptist Church Hall, Merrigang Street
Day:  Thursdays
Time:  1:30-2:30pm
Class Description: A total of 60 minutes of guided movement with music plus discussion, education, socialising and coffee
Class Cost:  People with Parkinson’s $10/carers, friends, family members:complimentary. 

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Margaret Connor
Phone:  0248612294  or 0466166866
Email: margaretvconnor@gmail.com

Western Australia

Midland – Seated Dance Class

Dates: Thursdays 22 April – 1 July
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Midland Junction Arts Centre
Cost: $40 for 5 class pass | $36 members
OR $10 on the door | $9 members
Companion cards accepted at all workshops
Please wear comfortable clothes for dancing

Class Description: Experience the benefits of dance and creativity in this weekly seated class. Dance improves balance, strength, flexibility, and ease of movement – increasing overall confidence and sense of wellbeing. The classes begin seated, progressing slowly with options to stand or to extend movement, in a friendly and fun environment.

Seated Dance is for people living with Parkinson’s, MS and other neurological conditions or physical limitations. Families, support workers and friends welcome are to join in and tea and coffee are included after class

Lynne Williams and Liz Cornish are dancers with over 30 years’ experience as choreographers, performers, and teachers. Lynne trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Liz in Western Australia and New York. They have both completed the Dance for Parkinson’s training through the Mark Morris Dance company NY.

Perth- Maylands
Ausdance WA & Parkinson’s WA
Dates:  Fridays  2019-Starting February 8th
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Western Australian Ballet
West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands WA

Cost: $10
For more information and to register contact:
Parkinson’s WA (08) 64577373 or email:info@parkinsonswa.org.au or regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au
What to wear: Comfortable clothing

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Ausdance WA & Parkinson’s WA
Dates:  Thursdays  2019-Starting February 7th
Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Venue: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

Cost: $10
For more information and to register contact:
Parkinson’s WA (08) 64577373 or email:info@parkinsonswa.org.au or regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au

More information here

Queensland

Brisbane

Queensland Ballet
Dance can offer physical and social benefits for people of all ages. At Queensland Ballet we invite members of the community affected by Parkinson’s Disease to join us for fortnightly specialised dance classes.
Dance teachers from the local community, along with dancers from the Company, lead participants in 75 minute classes inspired by the Company’s repertoire. People at all levels of mobility and ability are welcome. Carers, partners and friends, are also welcome to participate. No dance experience is necessary.

Dates: Saturdays
Times: 11:30am-12:45pm
Venue: 34 Beesley Street, West End, Brisbane
For more information and to register contact:
Phone: (07) 3013 6666
Email: community@queenslandballet.com.au
Cost See costs at Queensland Ballet website (includes complimentary entry for carer/friend). Casual attendance is subject to availability. Cash, credit cards and EFTPOS payments accepted.

Register for Queensland Ballet classes here

Dance For Parkinson’s Research
In October 2013, Queensland Ballet commenced a pilot program of weekly dance classes for people affected by Parkinson’s. Working with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group, Parkinson’s Queensland, and Brisbane-based Dance for PD Specialist, Erica Rose Jeffrey, Queensland Ballet delivered 30 classes to over 60 participants from around Brisbane. The pilot was accompanied by a research project with Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries (Dance) and Health (Movement Neuroscience) faculties and The University of Queensland’s Health and Behavioural Sciences (Physiotherapy) faculty to analyse the social and physical benefits of the program. The pilot concluded in July 2014, and the findings of the research were released in 2015.

Dance for Parkinson’s at QUT

In-person classes paused. Join a virtual class at this time. Register here

Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location:
Held at QUT Kelvin Grove campus, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Cost:
$10 per class, partners and carers attend for free
For more information and to register: 

Email: dance4pd@qut.edu.au
07 3138 6000

Townsville

Vital Dance – Dancenorth
Dates: Tuesdays
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm (includes refreshment after class)
Location:
Riverside Gardens Community Centre
55 Riverside Blvd, Douglas QLD
Cost: $5 per person
For more information and to register visit:
http://www.dancenorth.com.au/vital-dance

Contact: andrea@dancenorth.com.au or (07) 4772 2549

Ipswich

Contact:  Paulette Montaigne
Phone:  0498 2000 55
Email: pmontaigne@gmail.com

Sunshine Coast

For mobility & wellbeing

Yes, You Can Dance! Dance for older people with mobility issues

These classes offer the joy of dance to people with mobility issues due to health conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, Stroke, post Polio, and other neurological conditions or aspects of ageing such arthritis, osteoporosis, reduced joint mobility or less muscle strength and flexibility, etc. or from illness, surgery, etc. The carefully planned classes are welcoming, fun, social and beneficial for physical health, brain stimulation and overall wellbeing. Similar to the Dance for PD model, classes are offered in the Noosa Region including Tewantin, Noosaville and sometimes other locations by Gail Hewton who has over 40 years professional dance experience. Website:

Welcome

Yes, You Can Dance! –  in Noosaville

Dates: Each Friday during school terms
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Venue: The Forum, Laguna Estate Retirement Village, 13-21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Take the 2nd Village entrance off Lake Weyba Drive.
Cost: $13 per class or $11 for pensioners – Carers who attend to assist are free
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone:  0411 720 391
Email:  ripedance@gmail.com

Yes, You Can Dance! –  in Tewantin
Dates: Each Tuesday during school terms
Time: 11:30am-12:45pm
Venue: Masonic Hall, Moorindil Street, Tewantin
Cost: $13 per class or $11 for pensioners – Carers who attend to assist are free
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: 0411 720 391
Email:  ripedance@gmail.com

Yes, You Can Dance! – for the Tewantin-Noosa Parkinson’s Support Group

Gail also works at times with the Tewantin-Noosa Parkinson’s Support Group to offer a series or term of dance classes specifically for Support Group members.  Please contact Gail for more information 0411 270 391 or ripedance@gmail.com

Gold Coast

Labrador
Dates: Mondays-commencing February 4, 2019
Times: 9:30am-10:30am
Venue: Labrador Community Centre, 57 Billlington Street Labrador
Cost: $5
To register or for more information contact Alan Farrell
Phone: 0402467222 or 55639316

Mermaid Beach
Dates: Wednesdays (1st & 3rd of the month)
Time: 9:30am-10:30am
Venue: Mermaid Beach Community Centre/ 2439 G. Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Contact: Carol Kettlewell
Mobile: 0431818573
Cost: $5 per couple

 

Currumbin Waters
Dates: Fridays-commencing February 1, 2019
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Venue:Dance Diversity 1/8 Hawker   Street Currumbin Waters
Cost: $5
To register or for more information contact Alan Farrell
Phone: 0402467222 or 55639316
Website: https://dancediversity.com/all-dance-classes-currumbin/

Toowoomba

Dance for Parkinson’s classes
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Venue: Radiance Dance Academy, Shop 5, Meibusch Street, High Street Shopping Centre, Rangeville Toowoomba
Cost: $5 per class members
To register or for more information contact

Radiance Dance Academy
Phone: Sally Andrew 0437 012 653

South Australia

Adelaide
Contemporary Dance…For Seniors
Dates: Fridays (see www.veronicashum.com  for all dates)
Time: 10.00am-11.00am
Venue: Clarence Park Community Centre, 72 East Avenue Black Forest

Adelaide
Dance With Me (classes paused)

Dates: Tuesday mornings
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Venue: Don Pyatt Hall (beneath Norwood Concert Hall)
Corner The Parade and George St Norwood (through the sliding glass doors)
Cost: $10 per person per class (or $15 when accompanied by family member or carer)
Information: Lisa 0427 456 110
What to wear: Comfy non-restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet

Tasmania

Hobart – Unfortunately we have had to postpone our Movers & Shakers classes for at least first half 2021 and perhaps until beginning of 2022.

MADE in SPACE Movers + Shakers
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Venue: Community Hall, South Hobart Living Arts Centre, 14 Weld Street, South Hobart

For more information and to register contact:
MADE Movers & Shakers

Shirley: 0419117587  or dance@madecompany.com.au
Cost: $10/session or $80 for 9 weeks (concessions negotiable)
What to wear: Comfortable clothing including warm jumper or jacket. Shoes with non-marking soles.

Online classes every week

Mondays

Dates: Mondays, online during school terms
Time:  2:00pm-3:00pm (Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra)
Venue: Online via Zoom
For more information contact: Katrina Rank
Phone: 0416383865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com
To register:  Zoom meeting registration
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
More info: https://dance4all.online/ 

 

MAKE a MOVE Online Community class
When: Mondays
Time: 9.30am-10.30am
For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Jess Conneely
Phone: 0419449578
Email: jess@dance4wellbeing.com  

https://dance4wellbeing.com/

Wednesday

When: Wednesdays –  via Zoom. Link sent day before and a one off registration is required.
Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm.
More information and registration details:
Contact: Cathie Goss
dance@dancepdau.org
0414 067045

Thursday

Queensland Virtual Class

Taught by DPA Director –Erica Rose Jeffrey
Dates: Thursdays
Time: 10:00-11:00
Classes are free-suggested contribution $10.
Phone: 1800954382

Friday

When: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month via Zoom
Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact Details: Natasha Cesco (Class facilitator)
natcesco@gmail.com
0466 249 252
Vivienne Ross (Support group leader)
Nepean and Blue Mountains Parkinson’s Support Group www.nbmpsg.org
vivienne@nbmpsg.org
0404 836 921

Dance for Neurobalance
FREE Dance for Neurobalance class on the YMCA Victoria website: https://virtualy.ymca.org.au  Registration is simple (DOB, post code and email) and free to all Australians.  The classes are taught by me and are 45min long and can be viewed any time and with multiple viewings.

Class information

In Classes based on the  Dance for PD® program, everyone—persons newly diagnosed with PD, others with walkers and wheel chairs, family members, friends—are welcome to participate.

The goal is to provide the highest quality dance and music experiences for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. Classes focus on possibilities rather than limitations and  bring dance to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in these types of creative activities.  

No experience is necessary.

Classes start seated, move through a progressive warm-up and build to improvisation and learning of new movement sequences. They are open and appropriate for all levels.

Classes based on the Dance for PD® program  follow one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day.

Classes integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory. They are an aesthetic experience using the elements of narrative, imagery, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression.

The classes engage the participants’ minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity, and experimentation with movement.