Dance for Parkinson's —

Four classes for $50 per participant (includes complimentary entry for carer/friend)

Casual attendance is subject to availability and costs $13 per participant.

Cash, credit cards and EFTPOS payments accepted. 

Thomas Dixon Centre
Cnr Drake Street & Montague Road, West End

Dates & Times

1.30pm – 2.45pm

Term 2 for Group A commences Saturday 4 October.
Term 2 for Group B commences Saturday 11 October.


To register your attendance online, click here and select the enrolments tab.
You will be able to choose between Group A classes or Group B classes.


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.

For further information about Dance for Parkinson’s visit 
To find out about Parkinson's and support available in your area visit

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 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 Taster Class

Queensland Ballet is offering two midweek Dance for Parkinson’s Taster Classes in October.  These classes will follow the structure and style of our Saturday program, and are open to any members from the Parkinson’s community.  Participation in the Taster Classes costs $13 per person.  Online registration is available via the registration link.

Wednesday 8 October                 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 15 October                1.30pm – 2.45pm


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. 


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.



Term 2 Group A 1.30pm - 2.45pm 4 October
18 October
22 November
6 December
Term 2 Group B 1.30pm - 2.45pm 11 October
25 October
29 November
6 December

For further information about the program, please email or phone (07) 3013 6666.