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 People with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s ACT and Belconnen Arts Centre present 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, engaging and challenging dance activities, led by Philip Piggin, Community Cultural Inclusion Officer for Belconnen.  He brings a long history of community dance practice from Australia and overseas, has completed Australia’s first dance training program specifically focussed on People with Parkinson’s, and in 2015 travelled to the USA and UK to further research programs there, with the support of a Churchill Fellowship.
When: Tuesdays 1-2:15pm
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: 5 Feb – 10 April, 30 April – 3 July, 23 July – 25 Sept, 15 October – 16 Dec
Parking:  Parking is available in carpark adjacent to the Arts Centre, or in Westfields Belconnen, diagonally opposite the centre.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
– Dance for People with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s ACT and Tuggeranong Arts Centre present 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, engaging and challenging dance activities, led by Jane Ingall.
When: Wednesdays 11-12:15pm
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: 5 Feb – 10 April, 30 April – 3 July, 23 July – 25 Sept, 15 October – 16 Dec
Parking:  Parking is available in 2 carparks adjacent to the Arts Centre.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Western Australia

Perth- Maylands
Ausdance WA & Parkinson’s WA
Dates:  Fridays  2019-Starting February 8th
Times: 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) 9346 7373 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
Times: 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) 9346 7373 or email:info@parkinsonswa.org.au or regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au

More information here

NSW

Goulburn

Dance for Wellbeing Community  Class

Venue:  St Nicholas Church, 17 Kinghorne St, Goulburn,  NSW
Day: Tuesdays,  3 April, 10 April, 17 April, 24 April-2019
Time:  10:00-12:00
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
Time: Tuesday’s 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
Day:  Classes Resume in January 2019
Time:  11.30-1.30
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.
Parking:  Drop off point: Nelson Street at Centre’s Nelson St door.30 minutes free parking on Darling Street at Darling Street entrance.
Metered parking on Nelson Street.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Erica Rose Jeffrey
Phone: 0412 260 040
Email: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org/wordpress

Sydney – Alexandria

Dance for Parkinson’s – Alexandria
Venue: Village Performing Arts School.
Located in Sydney Corporate Park, Building 4, 85 O’Riordan St, Alexandria.
Day: Classes Resume Tuesdays in February 2019 and follow school holiday terms.

Time: 12.30 -1.30pm
With half hour each side to catch up with friends.
Classes taught by Catherine Goss and local Sydney teachers.
It is free to members of Parkinson’s NSW, otherwise it is $10/class.
What to wear: Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring: Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.
Parking: Paid parking on site or street parking along Bourke street. Parking also available under Harvey Norman.
It is a short taxi ride from Central and Green Park Stations.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045
Email: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org/wordpress

Sydney – Bankstown

Dance for Parkinson’s – Bankstown
Venue:  Bankstown Art Centre
5 Olympic Parade Bankstown NSW 2200
Day:  Fridays, Classes Resume in May 2019 and follow the school terms.
Time:  11:15-12:15pm class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

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
Day:  Classes Resume Mondays in February 2019 and follow school holiday terms.
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

Sydney – Kogarah

Dance for Parkinson’s – Kogarah

Venue: St George Community Centre
St George Bank Building, Premier St, Kogarah
Day:  Classes resume on Fridays in February 2019 and follow school holiday terms.
Time:  1:00-2:00pm class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

Burger Centre and Dance for Parkinson’s- Randwick

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

www.burgercentre.com.au

Day:  Mondays, Classes Start Monday, March 13th, 2017 and follow school holiday terms
Time:  11:00-12:00pm class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
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@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

Dance for Parkinson’s – Mosman

Venue: Seniors’ Centre at the Civic Centre in Mosman Square, Mosman NSW 2088

Day:  Friday, Starting August 10
Time:  10:15-11:15 am class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
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@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

Newcastle

Dancing for Parkinson’s-Newcastle

Venue: Charlestown Multi-Purpose Centre, 17-21 James St. Charlestown NSW 2290
Day:  Thursdays, following school terms throughout the year
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

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, registration is required.

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

Day:  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: Penrith Senior Citizens Centre – 86 Station St. (7-10min. walk from the station)

Day: Every Saturday from the 12th January 2019
Time: 1.30-2.30pm

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
Day:  Wednesdays
Time:  9.30 – 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 (Front Hall)
Day: Every 2nd Saturday (11th May; 15th Jun; 13th Jul; 10th Aug; 14th Sep; 12th Oct; 9th Nov; 7th Dec)
Time: 10.00 – 11.00am

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.

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

Coffs Harbour

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

Day: Wednesdays, commencing 6th of February 2019
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

Moss Vale

Prancing for Parkinson’s

Venue:  Moss Vale Community Centre, off Railway street
Day:  Wednesdays
Time:  9.45am – 11.00am
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

Lennox Head

Contact: Jodie Lee, Amber Hitzke
Phone: 0408665375, 0409349891
Email: jodielee004@yahoo.com.au, red_gixy@hotmail.com
Venue:Lennox Head Community Centre
Time: Tuesdays  11.30am,  Contact for dates

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: Sundays, Classes resume January 13th, 2019 and are ongoing.
Times: 11:00am-12:15pm
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.

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Dance For Parkinson’s Pilot
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

Date: Starting April 4, 2019

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Location: Held at QUT Kelvin Grove campus, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

Fee: $10 per class, partners and carers attend for free

For more information and to register:  Phone: 07 3138 6000, Email:dance4pd@qut.edu.au

Townsville

Vital Dance- Dancenorth

Date: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm (includes refreshment after class)

Location: Riverside Gardens Community Centre
55 Riverside Blvd, Douglas QLD

Fee: $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

Yes, You Can Dance! Dance for motor/mobility issues 

These classes offer the joy of dance to people with motor/mobility issues as a result of Parkinson’s MS, stroke, arthritis, loss of muscle and joint strength and flexibility, or less mobility from ageing.Similar to the Dance for PD model, classes are offered in Tewantin, Noosa and Gympie by Gail Hewton who has over 35 years professional dance experience. Website:

For mobility & wellbeing

Yes, You Can Dance! – Dance for motor/mobility issues in Noosaville

Dates: Each Friday starting the week of January 28th, 2019
Times: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Venue: The Forum, Laguna Estate Retirement Village, 13-21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: $10 per class (carers of participants are welcome and encouraged to join for free) Come and Try – first class is FREE!
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: (07) 5412 2785 or 0411 720 391
Email: gailphil@optusnet.com.au

Yes, You Can Dance! – Dance for motor/mobility issues in Tewantin
Dates: Each Tuesday starting the week of January 28th, 2019
Times: 11:30am-12:45pm
Venue: Masonic Hall, Moorindil Street, Tewantin
Cost: $10 per class (carers of participants are welcome and encouraged to join for free)
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: (07) 5412 2785 or 0411 720 391
Email: gailphil@optusnet.com.au

Gold Coast

Dance for Parkinson’s-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

Dance for Parkinson’s-Currumbin Waters
Dates: Fridays-commencing February 1, 2019
Times: 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

Move to improve: Dancing exercise in chairs
Dates: Mondays
Times: 11:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Collangatta Senior Citizens Centre
Cost: $10 per class members, $12 per class non-members
To register or for more information contact Virginia Woods
Phone: 0409576285
Email:wwvirginiawoods@gmail.com

Toowoomba

Dance for Parkinson’s classes
Dates: Tuesdays
Times: 11:00am-12:00pm
Venue: Collangatta Senior Citizens Centre
Cost: $10 per class members, $12 per class non-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, resuming February 2019 (see www.veronicashum.com  for all dates)
Times: 10:00am-11:15am
Venue:
Clarence Park Community Centre  (72 East Avenue Black Forest)

Burnside Dancers
Dates: Wednesdays, during SA Public School Terms
Times: 11:00am-12noon
Venue:
Burnside Community Hall, 401 Greenhill Rd Tusmore

To register and for more information, contact Cherie on 0402884095 or cherietoubia@bigpond.com
Cost: $10 per person
What to wear: Comfortable clothing. Shoes with non-marking soles.

Adelaide
Dance With Me

Dates: Tuesday mornings

Times: 10:30 – 11:30
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

Victoria

Melbourne – Hawthorn East
Sponsored by Elancé Adult Ballet School
Dates: Fridays ongoing (except for major holidays)
Times: 10:00am-11:00am
Venue: Camberwell Uniting Church, 314 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, VIC
For more information and to register contact: Paris Wages
Phone: 0449 058 360
Email:
quixoticdancetech@gmail.com

Melbourne – Hampton- Bayside
Dates: Thursdays
Times:  10am-11am
Venue: Hampton Seniors Centre, 14 Service Street Hampton
For more information and to register contact: Katrina Rank
Phone: 0416383865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com

Melbourne – Preston
Dates: Mondays, starts 11 February 2019
Times:  2-3pm
Venue: Brunswick School of Dance, 444 High Street, Preston
For more information and to register contact: Katrina Rank
Phone: 0416383865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com

Melbourne – Hawthorn 
Dance for Neurobalance -Sponsored by Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Dates: Starts Wednesdays in January 2019, ongoing weekly class every Wednesday
Times: 12-1pm 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

Torquay
Pilot Program-Dance for Parkinson’s
Beachside Ballroom, Torquay
Enquiries contact Pauline
Mob: 0407 685413
Ph: 52613838
Email: beachsideballroom@gmail.com

Tasmania

Hobart
MADE in SPACE Movers + Shakers
Dates: Wednesdays from February 13, 2019
Times: 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.

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.