Offbeat – Dance for People with Parkinson’s


“Even with my two left feet, Wednesday’s Offbeat group is the highlight of my week. Thanks to the choreography of our fabulous leaders I am now finding my right foot.”


Parkinson’s ACT, with Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, presents a 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 session, and make a heap of new friends. Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable and challenging dance activities, and will be taught by Jane Ingall, Jacqui Simmonds, Gretel Burgess and/or Philip Piggin, plus guest teachers. Together, this team have over 100 years of experience working in the dance world and are particularly passionate about providing dance programs for all!


The Offbeat Dance group perform at DETONATE 2017; image by Lorna Sim

For people with Parkinson’s disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained teaching artists are becoming internationally recognised as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of exercise and therapy interventions. By approaching movement as dance students, not as patients, persons with Parkinson’s can focus on PD-specific concerns like mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable, social and communal environment. Dance classes create an environment emphasising expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building. The Dance for People with Parkinson’s program started as a single collaborative program between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group around 2001. Over the past 17 years, Dance for PD has pioneered an arts-based approach that is being adopted by dance companies and schools, Parkinson’s groups and healthcare organisations in more than 60 communities around the world.

No previous experience is necessary, and everyone — persons newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, others with walkers and wheelchairs, family members and friends — are welcome to participate. Please note this is not a social dance class, and it does not require you to come with a partner.


Belconnen Arts Centre:           Tuesdays        > 1:15pm  – 2:30pm
Tuggeranong Arts Centre:       Wednesdays > 11:15am – 12:30pm

Term 1        5 February – 10 April
Term 2             30 April – 3 July
Term 3               23 July – 25 September
Term 4        15 October – 16 December

Costs >    $5 Per person, per class
Pay on the day. Companion Card holders receive free admission for a support companion.

More info >
Wear clothes comfortable to move in, wear light shoes, and bring a bottle of water.

Contact Creative Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or on (02) 6173 3300, or visit Dance for Parkinson’s Australia‘s website.

Program supported by Parkinson’s ACT, ACT Health, National Health Co-op, Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Offbeat is part of the Dance for Wellbeing program at Belconnen Arts Centre.