Dance for Parkinson's —
Thomas Dixon Centre
Dates & Times
1.30pm to 2.45pm on
Sat 5 & 12 April
Sat 26 April - Sat 19 July
Queensland Ballet is working with David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group, Parkinson’s Queensland, and Brisbane-based Dance for PD specialist, Erica Rose Jeffrey, to introduce Dance for PD in Queensland.
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.
Dance for Parkinson’s
In October 2013, Queensland Ballet commenced a Pilot program of free weekly Dance for Parkinson’s 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.
Members of the community affected by Parkinson’s disease, and their carers, partners and friends, are welcome to participate. People at all levels of mobility and ability are welcome. No dance experience is necessary.
The Dance for Parkinson’s Pilot program has now reached capacity. If you are interested in being involved, please sign up to our Waitlist by adding your contact details into the form below. We will continue to keep in touch with you regarding other opportunities for you to join classes in the future.
Alternatively, please visit http://danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org/ to find out about other classes that may be available in your area.
For further information about the program, please email or phone (07) 3013 6666.