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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, 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. Coordinated by Philip Piggin, the program takes place at both Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres. 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, Amy Macris and 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.

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

Terms >

Week commencing 8 February 2021: details will be posted at Dance for Wellbeing in early 2021.

Costs >


$100 Per person, per term.

Please pay in advance here.  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 Dance for Wellbeing Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or on (02) 6173 3300.

Visit Dance for Parkinson's Australia's website for other classes around Australia.

Program supported by Parkinson's ACT and Belconnen Arts Centre. Offbeat is part of the Dance for Wellbeing program at Belconnen Arts Centre.