Dance for Wellbeing

Dance classes for people with Parkinson’s are recommencing the week of 26 October!

Dance is integral to the maintenance of our physical, cognitive and social wellbeing, and Tuggeranong and Belconnen Arts Centres are leading such programs here in the ACT.  Dance for Wellbeing classes are designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s, Dementia and other conditions, and take place throughout the year, across Canberra.  You are welcome to join us!

Term 4 | Week commencing 26 October till Week commencing 14 December

Dance for Wellbeing – with Parkinson’s

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Wednesdays 11:15am – 12:30pm

Belconnen Arts Centre
Tuesdays 1:15pm – 2:30pm

“So glad I discovered this wonderful dance class – it always makes me feel better.  It is fantastic!”

Parkinson’s ACT, with Tuggeranong Arts Centre  and 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, body, memory and imagination in this fun-filled session. Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable and challenging dance activities, and will be taught by a team of highly experienced and dedicated dance tutors.

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 and social environment. Dance classes create an environment emphasising expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building.

The Dance for People with Parkinson’s program started between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group in 2001. Since then Dance for PD has pioneered an arts-based approach that is being adopted by dance companies, dance schools, Parkinson’s groups and healthcare organisations in more than 60 communities world-wide.

Dance for Wellbeing – with Dementia

Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen

Fridays from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

My fitness has improved. My stamina has improved for sure. My shoulders are not so stiff. Can almost keep up with the instructor. My balance has improved and my level of confidence has really improved. I’m starting to remember most moves. I’m a happier person, and the group are friendly and encouraging.”

Dance for Wellbeing – Dance for Everyone

Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen

Fridays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“It is a highlight of my week – the opportunity to dance again and to be part of a totally non-judgemental, friendly, inclusive group of people.”

General Information

All classes are term based.
Both Arts Centres have fully equipped dance studios, with stunning views over their adjacent lakes, and are fully accessible.
No previous experience is necessary, and everyone, including family members and friends, is welcome to participate.
Walkers and wheel chairs are very welcome.
Please note this is not a social dance class and it does not require you to come with a dance partner.
People with Dementia should be accompanied by their Carer.
Do wear clothing that is comfortable and suitable for moving in, and wear light shoes.
Please bring a bottle of water.

Costs: $100 per person, per term, pay online at above links, or by contacting us as below. Companion Card holders receive free admission for a carer/support companion.

Tutors: Led by Program Coordinator Philip Piggin, the team includes Jane Ingall, Deborah di Centa, Jacqui Simmonds, Amy Macris and guest tutors, from Australia and overseas.

Program supported by Belconnen Arts Centre, Parkinson’s ACT, Canberra Theatre Centre, Musica Viva, Lorna Sim Photography, Ausdance ACT.

More info: Philip Piggin, Dance for Wellbeing Program Officer, via email or on (02) 6173 3300.