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Dance for People with Parkinsons
12 Nov 2014
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Parkinsons ACT and Belconnen Arts Centre present weekly dance classes in the ACT specifically designed for People with Parkinsons. "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! Class times: 1 - 2.15 each Tuesday of the school term." Participants are led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable, engaging and challenging dance activities, by Philip Piggin, Community Cultural Inclusion Officer for Belconnen. He brings a long history of community dance practice from Australia and overseas, and has recently completed Australia’s first dance training program specifically focussed on People with Parkinsons. With a Churchill Fellowship he will be pursuing further studies in the USA and the UK in 2015. For people with Parkinson's disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained teaching artists are becoming internationally recognized as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of recognized and researched exercise and therapy interventions. By approaching movement as dance students, not as patients, persons with Parkinson’s can focus on PD-specific concerns like mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable, social and communal environment. Dance classes create an environment emphasizing expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building. Dance is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to exercise, confidence building and an improved quality of life. The Dance for PD program started as a single collaborative program between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Over the past 10 years, Dance for PD has pioneered an arts-based approach that is being adopted by dance companies and schools, Parkinson’s groups and healthcare organizations in more than 60 communities around the world. The program 2014 - 15 is funded by IMB Bank. Terms > 14 October–16 December Information & enrolments > info@belconnenartscentre.com.au or 6173 3300 Registration > Register and pay at BAC on the day or email: info@belconnenartscentre.com.au  Cost >$5 or gold coin donation Dance classes for People with Parkinsons will also be taking place at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from Term 3, on Wednesdays at 11:00am, led by tutor Jane Ingall. More information on the Dance for Parkinson’s website http://danceforparkinsons.org/ OR http://danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org/

Disability Health Older People Dance Artist Arts Manager CACD practitioner Teaching Artist
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