The Dance for PD program, which originated at the Mark Morris Dance Centre, New York City in 2001, offers specialized dance classes for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and friends. ... The Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program started at the National Parkinson’s Conference in Brisbane in 2012. Since then, the program has spread throughout Australia. Ballet teachers require special training to lead Dance for Parkinson's classes. The dance endeavours to address PD-specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation and depression. The first time we had Dance for Parkinson's in Toowoomba was in 2016 and 2017 at community classes run by Erica Rose Jeffrey - Program Coordinator for Dance for Parkinson's Australia. This is a video from one of those community classes. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2017654955129751
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Our Dance teacher, Sally, is a wonderful leader. She has completed her Dance for Parkinson's training. Her studio is new, accessible and has a great atmosphere. Toilets, including disability, are available within the studio. We have a great time dancing to Elvis, Bing, Beach Boys, Queen, Abba ... Often following the session many of us have a bite to eat together at a coffee shop nearby.
BUT I CAN'T DANCE! None of us are dancers. One of our carers says of her husband, 'I can't believe I am here! It took Parkinson's Disease for my husband to take me dancing! I have only waited 46 years for this!'
WHY DANCE? Research shows regular practice of large, strong, focussed and faster movements can make a difference to symptom management and improve co-ordination, rhythm, flexibility and also balance of a Person with Parkinson's. Parkinson's is a neurological movement disorder. All movement starts in the cortex of the brain. Feet tap and arms extend, but it is the brain that actually instructs the dance. When executing a dance routine, several regions of the brain become active.
I AM WORRIED I MIGHT NOT MANAGE! Most participants in our group remain in chairs to do their dancing - still, that can be quite a workout. There are also bars to hold on to and you are welcome to bring a support person with you. The environment is stimulating, enjoyable and no-pressure.
You might enjoy watching this video of one of our early sessions together.
WHEN: Each Tuesday of School Term.
11am to 11.45am
WHERE: Radiance Dance Academy
High Street Plaza
( COVID plan approved venue)
WHO: People with Parkinson's and
COST: $5 per session
CONTACT: Sally on 0437 012 653 or
Joe and Carol on 46597646