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New Research-Dance helping people with Parkinson’s, QUT Study

Queensland University of Technology researchers have found that for people living with Parkinson’s disease, dance improves walking, emotional wellbeing, and capacity to tackle cognitive challenges. LINK TO STORY The findings were presented recently at the DANscienCE Moving Well forum in Sydney by project lead, QUT PhD researcher Nadeesha Kalyani, and Erica Rose Jeffrey, QUT alumnus and Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program director and teacher. Study participants with early-stage Parkinson’s did twice weekly, one-hour Dance for Parkinson’s classes at QUT for 12 weeks Detailed assessments were made of gait (walking), cognition, and handling dual tasks Significant improvements were measured in gait speed during normal walking, and when performing a cognitive task while walking Participants also expressed improved mood, happiness and greater confidence in their walking

New video! Check out Creative Together-a dance, song and art collaboration

No matter what, we are Creative Together making our songs, art works and dances…Take a look! Creative Together is a series of collaborative workshops exploring dance, song and art together. Presented in Kogarah in Sydney, it is a community initiative bringing together Art for Parkinson’s, Dance for Parkinson’s and local musicians such as the Human Sound Project. This film captures the essence of the collaboration. Thank you to the fantastic teaching artists Natasha Cesco and Beatriz Occhiuzzi, Parkinson’s NSW, the Mazda Foundation and Georges River Council for your support and to all of the participants for sharing your creativity and community.

World Dance for Parkinson’s Day-starts April 11

World Dance for Parkinson’s Day is a global collaboration organized among a diverse group of partners. We are a group of dance organizations and individual teaching artists who deliver specialized classes for people with Parkinson’s. We want this platform to offer a window into our work as we celebrate the range of programming, research collaborations and community initiatives and engagements that form the heart of what we do. Starting in April, 2018, we invite you to explore inspiring classes, probing documentaries and diverse program profiles from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Israel, India, England, Malta, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States–all in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and International Dance Day.