Dance Support Program
Following advice from the Department of Health, Parkinson’s WA has decided to take precautionary health and safety measures and put our Support Programs on hold for the foreseeable future. Therefore, our Dance program will be cancelled as from Monday 23 March. We hope to resume this program as soon as possible but the safety of our Parkinson’s community must remain a priority. Thank-you for your understanding.
Our original Dance Maylands class is open to people with Parkinson’s and their partners/carers.
Recognising that the challenges people with Parkinson’s come up against are similar to those that people with other neurological conditions face, Parkinson’s WA is passionate about broadening our service and extending our reach. So we are now offering our Dance to Move Mandurah class to anyone with a neurological condition.
The Parkinson’s WA Dance support program offers physical, mental and social benefits for people of all ages, levels of mobility and dancing ability.
The professional teachers encourage participants to explore different styles of dance in chairs, at a barre or standing up. The environment is non-pressured and energizes, enriches and empowers. The support program runs in blocks of 5 or 6 classes at a time, each exploring a different musical theme. This dance support program has a real community feeling and the group at each of the classes have become friends, plus there is always an opportunity to share a coffee/tea either before or after the class. Each class is also supported by volunteers, so everyone has a partner to dance with when the dance routine requires. A range of uplifting music is played, and often the participants’ sing-along too!
Watch the video to find out more.
A Dance class emphasises dancing for fun for dancing’s sake. The classes can sometimes involve learning a routine. Overall dancing improves:
- social isolation,
- and combats depression.
There are currently two dance programs in the Perth metro area located at:
- Mandurah – Thursdays, 10.30am to 11.30am – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
- Maylands – Fridays, 11.00am to 12.00 noon – West Australian Ballet, 134 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
- Cost: $10 per person, per class.
- Refreshments are available before and after the class.
There are many research articles supporting the fact that dancing is extremely beneficial for people diagnosed with the Parkinson’s condition. From professional reports from Science Direct (which may not make the lightest reading) to this reader-friendly upbeat article from Parkinson’s News Today it is clear that dancing is a great way to have fun and alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. Dance for Parkinson’s is part of a worldwide phenomenon full details can be found here.
To find out more about the Parkinson’s WA Dance for Parkinson’s support program fill in the form below or call (08) 6457 7373 or email: email@example.com
Download the information booklet here
Download the 2020 class schedule for MAYLANDS here
Download the 2020 class schedule for MANDURAH here
To find out more or to register for a Parkinson’s WA support program fill in the form below.
The Parkinson’s WA ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ has been supported by: