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Classes and contact information

For more information on how to get involved in Dance for Parkinson’s please contact:

Erica Rose Jeffrey – Director and Lead Teacher of Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

P: 0730401930 (please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible  |  E: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

ACT

Canberra

Belconnen Arts Centre
– Dance for People with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s ACT and Belconnen Arts Centre present the popular 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 hour.  No previous experience is necessary!
Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable, engaging and challenging dance activities, led by Philip Piggin, Community Cultural Inclusion Officer for Belconnen.  He brings a long history of community dance practice from Australia and overseas, has completed Australia’s first dance training program specifically focussed on People with Parkinson’s, and in 2015 travelled to the USA and UK to further research programs there, with the support of a Churchill Fellowship.
When: Tuesdays 1-2:15pm
Venue: Belconnen Art Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Contact: Philip Piggin
Phone: 02 6173 3300
Email: philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au
More info: www.belconnenartscentre.com.au
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet.
Dates: 2 Feb – 5 April, 26 April – 28 June, 19 July – 20 Sept, 11 October – 13 Dec (10 week terms)
Parking:  Parking is available in carpark adjacent to the Arts Centre, or in Westfields Belconnen, diagonally opposite the centre.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
– Dance for People with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s ACT and Tuggeranong Arts Centre present the popular 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 hour.  No previous experience is necessary!
Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable, engaging and challenging dance activities, led by Jane Ingall.
When: Wednesdays 11-12:15pm
Venue: Tuggeranong Art Centre, 137 Reed St, Greenway,  ACT
Email: philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au
More info: http://www.tuggeranongarts.com/dancing-for-people-with-parkinsons/
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet.
Dates: 3 Feb – 6 April, 27 April – 29 June, 20 July – 21 Sept, 12 October – 14 Dec (10 week terms)
Parking:  Parking is available in 2 carparks adjacent to the Arts Centre.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Western Australia

Pilot classes in development. Please contact:
Parkinson’s WA (08) 9346 7373
regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au
Ausdance WA (08) 9322 6101

Perth
Ausdance WA & Parkinson’s WA
Dates:  Fridays  2016
Times: 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue:
Western Australian Ballet
West Australian Ballet Centre, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands WA
For more information and to register contact:
Parkinson’s WA (08) 9346 7373 or email:info@parkinsonswa.org.au or regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au
What to wear: Comfortable clothing

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Pilot Program
Ausdance WA & Parkinson’s WA
Dates: 4 weeks, starts September 13th

For more information and to register contact:
Parkinson’s WA (08) 9346 7373 or email:info@parkinsonswa.org.au or regionalsupport@parkinsonswa.org.au

NSW

Shoalhaven

Shake rattle and roll – Dancersise/movement classes
Contact: Jaye Cartwright
Phone: 0401 200 720
Venue: Bomaderry Community Centre
Time: Tuesday’s 11:00am
Venue: Huskisson Community Centre
Time: Thursday’s 12:30pm

Sydney – Rozelle

Dance for Parkinson’s – Rozelle

Venue:  Hannaford Centre, 608 Darling Street, Rozelle 2039 NSW
Day:  Classes Resume Thursday  February 2nd and are ongoing through December 7th, 2017
Time:  11.30-1.30
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.
Parking:  Drop off point: Nelson Street at Centre’s Nelson St door.30 minutes free parking on Darling Street at Darling Street entrance.
Metered parking on Nelson Street.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Erica Rose Jeffrey
Phone: 0412 260 040
Email: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

Sydney – Alexandria

Dance for Parkinson’s – Alexandria
Venue: Village Performing Arts School.
Located in Sydney Corporate Park, Building 4, 85 O’Riordan St, Alexandria.
Day: Classes Resume Tuesday February 7th, 2017 and follow school holiday terms.

Time: 12.30 -1.30pm
With half hour each side to catch up with friends.
Classes taught by Catherine Goss and local Sydney teachers.
It is free to members of Parkinson’s NSW, otherwise it is $10/class.
What to wear: Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring: Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.
Parking: Paid parking on site or street parking along Bourke street. Parking also available under Harvey Norman.
It is a short taxi ride from Central and Green Park Stations.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045
Email: ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

Sydney – Bankstown

Dance for Parkinson’s – Bankstown
Venue:  Bankstown Art Centre
5 Olympic Parade Bankstown NSW 2200
Day:  Fridays, Classes Resume Friday February 10th, 2017  and follow school holiday terms.
Time:  10:00-11:00am class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

Sydney – Pennant Hills

Dance for Parkinson’s – Pennant Hills

Venue:  Pennant Hills Community Centre
Corner Yarrara Road and Ramsay Road (in Library building), Pennant Hills
Day:  Classes Resume Monday, February 6th 2017 and follow school holiday terms.
Time:  1:00-2:00pm
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

Sydney – Kogarah

Dance for Parkinson’s – Kogarah

Venue: St George Community Centre
St George Bank Building, Premier St, Kogarah
Day:  Friday, SPECIAL SCHEDULE DUE TO RENOVATIONS

Friday(14th, 21st, 28th July – 12.30-14.30) we will hold our classes at: St. George Leagues Club, 124 Princes Hwy – Beverley Park NSW 2217 RIVIERA ROOM (lift to lower-ground floor).

Friday 22nd September we will continue until Friday 15th December without any further breaks at our regular location (St. George Community Centre 32-36 Premier St. – Kogarah NSW 2217) and we will offer an additional 15 minutes duration time to each session.
Time:  1:00-2:00pm class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.
What to bring:  Evidence that you are a member of Parkinson’s NSW so that you can participate for free.

Burger Centre and Dance for Parkinson’s- Randwick

Venue: The Burger Centre, 120 King Street, Randwick 2031,

www.burgercentre

Day:  Mondays, Classes Start Monday, March 13th, 2017 and follow school holiday terms
Time:  1:00-2:00pm class
30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.
What to wear:  Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet and a smile.

Cost:$10 per class, partners and/or carers free

Contact: Cathie Goss
Phone: 0414067045, dance@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org

Newcastle

Dancing for Parkinson’s-Newcastle- Pilot Program

Venue: Charlestown Multi-Purpose Centre, 17-21 James St. Charlestown NSW 2290
Day:  Thursdays, starts 6TH APRIL: (6 WEEK PROGRAM)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Class Description: 30 minutes of socialising, then a 60 minutes class, then 30 minutes of socialising with refreshments on site.

Class Cost: Classes are free, registration is required.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Jess Conneely
Phone: 0419449578
Email: jessconneely@gmail.com

Port Macquaire

Dancing for Parkinson’s-Argentine Tango

Venue:  Rotary Hall, HASTINGS River Drive, Port Macquarie 2444
Day:  Wednesdays, 27th Jan.2016 – 14th Dec.2016
Time:  9.30 – 11.00am

Class Description: Class begins with a welcome circle and a Tai Chi warm-up.A variety of fun exercises such as Mirroring and Stretching with music, Dancing in chairs.Simple, Argentine Tango walking steps to music with emphasis on core strength and balance, repeated each week to maintain memory. Social morning tea and chat time, a special themed morning every 7 weeks with invited guests to perform. Term breaks.

Class Cost: $2.50 per person per week. 

Parking: Flat driveway, Plenty of parking directly outside the hall. Ramp or steps to door.

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Sheila MacDougall and Russell Wilkinson
Phone: 02 65 838203 or 0438849964
Email: russtystango@gmail.com

Moss Vale

Prancing for Parkinson’s

Venue:  Moss Vale Community Centre, off Railway street
Day:  Wednesdays
Time:  9.45 – 11.00am
Class Description: A total of 60 minutes of guided movement with music plus discussion, education, socialising and coffee
Class Cost:  People with Parkinson’s $10/carers, friends, family members:complimentary. 

For More information and to register please contact:
Contact: Margaret Conner
Phone:  048612294
Email: margaretvconnor@gmail.com

Lennox Head

Contact: Jodie Lee, Amber Hitzke
Phone: 0408665375, 0409349891
Email: jodielee004@yahoo.com.au, red_gixy@hotmail.com
Venue:Lennox Head Community Centre
Time: Tuesdays  11.30am,  Contact for dates

Bangalow

Contact: Jodie Lee, Amber Hitzke
Phone:0408665375, 0409349891
Email: jodielee004@yahoo.com.au, red_gixy@hotmail.com
Venue:Bangalow RSL Hall
Time: Tuesdays  12.30pm,  contact for dates

Kingscliff

Dance for Life

Contact: Virginia Woods
Phone: 0409576285
Email: wwvirginiawoods@gmail.com
Venue:Kingscliff Community Hall, 81 Marine Pde
Time: Mondays, 11-12pm contact for dates

Cost: $10, first class is free, Bookings are essential

 

Queensland

Brisbane

Queensland Ballet
Dance can offer physical and social benefits for people of all ages. At Queensland Ballet we invite members of the community affected by Parkinson’s Disease to join us for fortnightly specialised dance classes.
Dance teachers from the local community, along with dancers from the Company, lead participants in 75 minute classes inspired by the Company’s repertoire. People at all levels of mobility and ability are welcome. Carers, partners and friends, are also welcome to participate. No dance experience is necessary.
Dance for Parkinson’s classes recommence from Sunday August 23, 2015.
Dates: Sundays, Classes resume January 15th, 2017 and are ongoing.
Times: 11:00am-12:15pm
Venue: Thomas Dixon Centre (off Montague Raod), West End, Brisbane
For more information and to register contact: Kerry Sellers
Phone: (07) 3013 6666
Email: learn@queenslandballet.com.au
Cost See costs at Queensland Ballet website (includes complimentary entry for carer/friend). Casual attendance is subject to availability. Cash, credit cards and EFTPOS payments accepted. Please contact Kerry Sellers to register.

Queensland Ballet

Dance For Parkinson’s Pilot
In October 2013, Queensland Ballet commenced a pilot program of weekly dance classes for people affected by Parkinson’s. Working with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group, Parkinson’s Queensland, and Brisbane-based Dance for PD Specialist, Erica Rose Jeffrey, Queensland Ballet delivered 30 classes to over 60 participants from around Brisbane. The pilot was accompanied by a research project with Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries (Dance) and Health (Movement Neuroscience) faculties and The University of Queensland’s Health and Behavioural Sciences (Physiotherapy) faculty to analyse the social and physical benefits of the program. The pilot concluded in July 2014, and the findings of the research will be released later this year.

Ipswich

Contact:  Paulette Montaigne
Phone:  0498 2000 55
Email: pmontaigne@gmail.com

Sunshine Coast

Yes, You Can Dance! Dance for motor/mobility issues in Noosaville

These classes offer the joy of dance to people with motor/mobility issues as a result of Parkinson’s MS, stroke, arthritis, loss of muscle and joint strength and flexibility, or less mobility from ageing.Similar to the Dance for PD model, classes are offered in Tewantin, Noosa and Gympie by Gail Hewton who has over 35 years professional dance experience.

Dates: Each Friday starting 21 March 2014.
Times: 2:00pm-3:15pm
Venue: The Forum, Laguna Estate Retirement Village, 13-21 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: $10 per class (carers of participants are welcome and encouraged to join for free) Come and Try – first class is FREE!
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: (07) 5412 2785 or 0411 720 391
Email: gailphil@optusnet.com.au

Yes, You Can Dance! – Dance for motor/mobility issues in GYMPIE
Dates: Each Wednesday
Times: 10:00am-11:15am
Venue: Apex Hall, REd Hill Road, Gympie
Cost: $10 per class (carers of participants are welcome and encouraged to join for free)
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: (07) 5412 2785 or 0411 720 391
Email: gailphil@optusnet.com.au

Yes, You Can Dance! – Dance for motor/mobility issues in Tewantin
Dates: Each Tuesday
Times: 11:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Masonic Hall, Moorindil Street, Tewantin
Cost: $10 per class (carers of participants are welcome and encouraged to join for free)
To register or for more information contact Gail
Phone: (07) 5412 2785 or 0411 720 391
Email: gailphil@optusnet.com.au

Additional Contact: Fiona Coe

Phone: 0422 145 569
Email:danceforpark@gmail.com

South Australia

Adelaide
Dance with Parkinson’s
Dates: Fridays, resuming January 15th, 2016
Times: 9:30am-11:15am
Venue:
Clarence Park Community Centre  (72 East Avenue Black Forest)

Dance with Parkinson’s
Dates: Wednesdays, resuming February 3rd, 2016
Times: 10:45am-12:30pm
Venue:
Burnside Community Hall, 401 Greenhill Rd Tusmore

For more information about the program please don’t hesitate to contact PJ or Anne Heard on 8357 8909.
To register, contact the Parkinson’s SA office on 8357 8909.
Cost: Individuals – $7, Couples – $10
What to wear: Comfortable clothing including warm jumper or jacket. Shoes with non-marking soles.

Tasmania

Hobart
MADE in SPACE Movers + Shakers
Dates: Wednesdays from August 5th -October 23, 2015
Times: 10:30am-11:30am

For more information and to register contact:
shirleygibson@netspace.net.au or 0419 117 587 OR kdrummondcawthon@gmail.com
Cost: $10/session or $80 for 9 weeks (concessions negotiable)
What to wear: Comfortable clothing including warm jumper or jacket. Shoes with non-marking soles.

Additional Contact
Contact: Glen Murray
Email: madeintasmania@gmail.com

Victoria

Melbourne – Hawthorn East
Sponsored by Elancé Adult Ballet School
Dates: Fridays ongoing (except for major holidays)
Times: 10:00am-11:00am
Venue: Camberwell Uniting Church, 314 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, VIC
For more information and to register contact: Paris Wages
Phone: 0449 058 360
Email:
quixoticdancetech@gmail.com

Melbourne – Bayside
Dates: Tuesdays
(Term 2 26/4/16-21/06/16; Term 3 12/07/16-5/07/16; Term 4 4/10/16-6/12/16)
Times:  3:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Hampton Seniors Centre, 14 Service Street Hampton
For more information and to register contact: Katrina Rank
Phone: 0416383865
Email: katrinamrank@gmail.com

Torquay
Pilot Program-Dance for Parkinson’s
Beachside Ballroom, Torquay
Enquiries contact Pauline
Mob: 0407 685413
Ph: 52613838
Email: beachsideballroom@gmail.com

Class information

In Classes based on the  Dance for PD® program, everyone—persons newly diagnosed with PD, others with walkers and wheel chairs, family members, friends—are welcome to participate.

The goal is to provide the highest quality dance and music experiences for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. Classes focus on possibilities rather than limitations and  bring dance to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in these types of creative activities.  

No experience is necessary.

Classes start seated, move through a progressive warm-up and build to improvisation and learning of new movement sequences. They are open and appropriate for all levels.

Classes based on the Dance for PD® program  follow one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day.

Classes integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory. They are an aesthetic experience using the elements of narrative, imagery, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression.

The classes engage the participants’ minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity, and experimentation with movement.