Dancing

Parkinson's ACT with ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing, presents a weekly dance program in the ACT specifically designed for People with Parkinson's.

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Dance for People with Parkinson’s

“Even with my two left feet, Wednesday’s dance 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 ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing, 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. 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 dance teaching artists Jane Ingall, Jacqui Simmonds, Debora di Centa, Amy Macris, Philip Piggin and occasional 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 20 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 65 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.

DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS, ALL CLASSES ARE NOW TAKING PLACE ONLINE – PLEASE CHECK ALL THE DETAILS BELOW…..

Where

In the comfort of your very own home!

When

Tuesdays > 11 – 12 noon.

Fridays > 11 – 12 noon.

To Register

Click here for the next Tuesday class.

Click here for the next Friday class.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  (If you have not done a ZOOM MEETING before, here is a link to the basics: 
How to access a zoom meeting )

Dates

Classes now run up to and including Friday 17 December.

Costs

$5/class/person.  Companion Card holders receive free admission for a Support Companion.

​Please keep a tally of the classes you attend and pay by EFT after each class or at the end of the month if you prefer. We appreciate your honesty.  EFT details are:

Account Name: ZEST DWB
BSB:  082991
Account No: 373896401
Include your last name in the Reference

More info

Visit the ZEST: Dance for Wellbeing website.

Wear clothes comfortable to move in & light shoes, and bring a bottle of water.

Be ready with a stable chair, on a non-slip floor, and a cleared space in front of your computer. 

Other classes

If you wish to take some additional free Dance for Wellbeing classes, visit the Belco Arts Centre website where there are some 40 classes listed for you to enjoy.

For other classes around Australia visit Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

Enquiries

Contact ZEST Dance for Wellbeing on ZestDWB@gmail.com or 0417 417 182.

​Thanks to…..

The program is supported by Parkinson’s ACT,  Belco Arts, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Ausdance ACT. Belco Arts, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Ausdance ACT are supported by the ACT Government.

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