Dance for Parkinson's —
Select a 4 or 6 Class Pass and nominate which dates during the term you would like to attend.
Class Passes include complementary attendance for a carer/family member/friend, and confirms your place in the class.
4 Class Pass $50.00
6 Class Pass $70.00
to confirm which dates you would like to attend.
Casual attendance is also available at $13 per person, per class.
Casual attendance is subject to availability, and may only be purchased in person on the day of the class.
Thomas Dixon Centre
Cnr Drake Street & Montague Road, West End
Dates & Times
Term 1: Saturday 21 February – Saturday 18 April, 2015
Term 2 – Saturday 9 May - Saturday 27 June, 2015
1.30pm – 2.45pm
Please note there will be no class on Saturday 4 April.
To register your attendance online, click here and select the enrolments tab.
For further information about the program, to amend your attendance schedule or to register interest in casual attendance, please email or phone (07) 3013 6666.
Queensland Ballet is pleased to be the first dance company in Australia to introduce Dance for PD.
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 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 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 early 2015.
ABOUT DANCE FOR PD
In 2001, Olie Westheimer, founder and executive director of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group (BPG) in New York approached the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) to propose the idea of a rigorous, creative dance class for members of BPG. Olie knew from her own dance background that professional dancers train their minds and bodies to execute difficult movements with confidence, power and grace. In doing so, they develop cognitive strategies that she thought could be naturally beneficial and enjoyable for people with Parkinson’s. Later that year, two MMDG dancers – John Heginbotham and David Leventhal – started regular, specialised classes for people with Parkinson’s.
Within just a few years, the Dance for PD program expanded into other cities in the US and its founding teachers began providing training workshops around the world to enable growth of an international network of Dance for PD practitioners.
For further information about the program, please email or phone (07) 3013 6666.