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IDC Feature: Dance for Parkinson's Australia

Dance for Parkinson's Australia provides specialised, high quality dance classes for people living with Parkinson's Disease. DPA also provides a space for building community and social connections, in an inclusive and supportive environment that is vitally important to the participants, their carers and their family members.

Wednesday 9th September 2020

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Dance for Parkinson's Australia (DPA) provides specialised, high quality dance classes for people living with Parkinson's Disease (PD), their families and carers. DPA is modelled on Dance for PD, which originated from a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group in 2001.

Professionally trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge benefits persons with PD. Dancers understand the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement. They realised that people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease could benefit from using their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day.

In Australia classes launched in 2013 and are now offered throughout urban centres, with growing participation in classes in regional Australia.

Professional teaching artists conduct classes with specifically tailored dance exercises incorporating music and creative practice. Participants are encouraged to explore movement pathways that provide strength, coordination, balance and creativity that inspire confidence to continue independently in their daily lives and activities.

DPA also provides a space for building community and social connections, in an inclusive and supportive environment that is vitally important to the participants, their carers and their family members.

How does infoodle make your life easier so you can spend more time making a difference?

infoodle allows us to manage our participant database efficiently by class and location group. This allows for easy communication and access to contact details whenever necessary.

Images and text featured in this post have been kindly provided by Dance for Parkinson's Australia

To learn more about Dance for Parkinson's Australia or get in touch with them, visit their website.