New Dance for Parkinson’s research study in Brisbane-Participation Opportunity

Research on -Effects of Dance for Parkinson’s on gait and cognitive skills in Parkinson’s disease If you would like  more information or to participate please contact:  Ms Nadeesha Kalyani 07 3138 6426   nadeesha.haputhanthirige@hdr.qut.edu.au Would you like to take part in a study to measure the impact of dance on people with Parkinson’s disease? We are looking for: Independently living, ambulatory men or women who are diagnosed as having idiopathic Parkinson’s disease; aged between 30 to 85 years; and who have not participated in a dance programme in the past six months. Your participation would include: Being allocated randomly to a dance group or a control group. Please note that depending on your allocation you may be in the Dance for Parkinson’s (DfP) group or the control group. However, the results of the study will be shared with you after completion […]

World Dance for Parkinson’s Day

Check out all of the fantastic dance classes and programs from around the world.We invite you to explore inspiring classes, probing documentaries and diverse program profiles from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Israel, India, England, Scotland, and the United States–all in honour of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and International Dance Day   https://www.danceforparkinsons.online/

Updates: Intro and Adv Dance for PD Workshops, Location and Accommodation

There has been a slight change of location regarding the workshops. Introductory Dance for PD workshop Schedule: Thursday 29 September and Friday 30 September, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Locations: Thursday: Canberra Dance Theatre, corner of Kingsley Street & Barry Drive, Canberra ACT 2601. Friday: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617. Advanced Workshop Schedule: Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Location: Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia We will help arrange carpools and support with transportation between venues. ACCOMODATION – BELCONNEN PREMIER INN We have negotiated discounted rates for Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016.  Please contact the Inn on 1800 672 076 , 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week, and quote Block Code: GB121  to receive a discount.  A credit card is required […]

Accommodation Options for Advanced Workshop in Canberra

ACCOMMODATION – BELCONNEN PREMIER INN We have negotiated discounted rates for Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2016.  Please contact the Inn on 1800 672 076 , 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week, and quote Block Code: GB121  to receive a discount.  A credit card is required to secure the reservation and payment will be processed on arrival. Any reservation cancelled within 30 days of arrival date will incur 1 nights’ accommodation fee. No rooms are held without credit card reservation, and are subject to availability.  Early booking is recommended. Please see rates below: Queen /Twin Room – $133 per night Family/triple Room – $150 per night Executive King Room – $159 per night 2Bedroom Apartment – $235 per night For more information > click here For room descriptions > click here   ACCOMMODATION – AIRBNB There are […]


DPA is thrilled to announce the first ever advanced workshops, for dance teachers and health professionals, will be held in Canberra on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 October, at Belconnen Arts Centre, 10 minutes west of the City Centre.  http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/  This professional development will provide critical tools, advanced strategies and information relating to Dance for Parkinson’s teaching practice. Open to practitioners who have completed the Dance for PD® Introductory Training, the workshop will integrate global best practices in developing and implementing this unique program. Specialised training, guest speakers and peer mentoring will form the basis of the weekend learning, which will also include time for practical activity, discussion, exchange and networking, as well as an optional viewing of Capturing Grace, and a social get-together. This workshop is a pre-requisite to eligibility for the Dance for PD®Certification program.​ Cost of 2 day course, including all materials: $295.  […]

Dancing Connections at the Sydney Opera House

Professional Development Workshop and Community Dance Experience The Sydney Opera House together with Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Groups’ Dance for PD program present the first session in our new initiative: Dancing Connections: The Australian Ballet This series of high quality Dance for Parkinson’s classes links to specific dance performances taking place at Sydney Opera House, collaborating with various dance companies presenting work at the time.  Each series’ professional development and community class curriculum is creatively built around the dance works and concepts that form the basis of those performances. In the first of these series, Dance for Parkinson’s Instructors are teaming up with The Australian Ballet’s Education Team to facilitate a Dance for PD professional development workshop, networking session and community class that infuses the themes, aesthetic concepts and movement materials of Swan Lake […]

Queensland Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s Pilot Research Report

Research findings released by Queensland Ballet (QB) undertaken by QUT and The University of Queensland (UQ) demonstrate QB’s Dance for Parkinson’s program had positive physical, social, cognitive and emotional benefits for participants affected by Parkinson’s disease (Parkinson’s). In 2013, QB commenced its pilot Dance for Parkinson’s program offering specialised dance classes to people affected by Parkinson’s. Working with David Leventhal, a founder of the internationally recognised Dance for PD program established in New York, and Brisbane-based specialist and QUT PhD student Erica Rose Jeffrey, QB delivered 30 classes to over 60 participants over nine months at its studios in Brisbane, with support from the John T. Reid Charitable Trust. The program was accompanied by a research study conducted by experts from QUT’s Creative Industries (Dance) and Health (Movement Neuroscience) faculties and Parkinson’s researchers from The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Health […]

DANscienCE Festival- Dance for Parkinson’s Panel

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia’s will be involved in an international panel on Dance for Parkinson’s at the DANscienCE Festival  Friday August 21st.  This is quite exciting as there is great international representation as several key researchers and practitioners will be joining the panel. The panel includes: David Leventhal from Dance for PD,  Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley Mcgill from University of Roehampton,  Dr. Graham Kerr and Dr. Gene Moyle Queensland University of Technology , Dr. Robyn Lamont University of Queensland, Roberto Cassarotto-Opera Estate Festival- Italy, and Philip Piggin-Churchill Fellow and from Belconnen Arts Centre. The panel is Friday August 21, 1:00-2:30  QUT Kelvin Grove Woodward Theatre, L Block Rm 207 (L207) http://www.danscience.com.au/