Dance Support Program

Dance for Parkinson’s Support Program

The Parkinson’s WA Dance for Parkinson’s support program offers physical, mental and social benefits for people of all ages, levels of mobility and dancing ability.

The weekly class is for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their partners/carers.

The professional teachers include instructors from Ausdance WA who 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!

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A Dance for Parkinson’s class emphasises dancing for fun and dancing for dancing’s sake. The classes can sometimes involve learning a routine. Overall dancing improves:

  • balance
  • flexibility
  • coordination
  • gait
  • mood
  • confidence
  • 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 – Wicked Dance Works, 44a Reserve Drive, 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.

To find out more about the Parkinson’s WA Dance for Parkinson’s support program call (08) 6457 7373 or email: info@parkinsonswa.org.au

Download the information booklet here

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