Dance for Parkinson's Australia

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Re/Framing the Dance

This project provides community dance programs for the Parkinson’s community and sustains dance artists through: class adaptation, professional development, and free telephone access to descriptive movement exercises.

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For people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), rigorous dance classes led by trained professional teaching artists are becoming internationally acknowledged as valuable quality of life approaches for living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Since 2013, Dance for Parkinson’s Australia (DPA) has offered specialised dance classes for people living with PD, their carers and community members. Covid-19 has paused our in-person community classes, but we have been hard at work to adapt and evolve our practice to continue to find ways to provide quality, engaging, and accessible community dance experiences.

We are inspired to face the current challenges by using creativity and collaboration. Your support will help to provide dance classes to the PD community and to evolve our dance practice over the next 10 months.

This project supports and sustains valued professional teaching artists to expand and diversify their practice while providing an important on-going community dance program. It has 3 components:
a. adaptation of dance classes
b. professional development for artists
c. piloting free telephone access to movement experiences.

During this time of adaptation, it is key to sustain and support artists. In addition to providing community classes, a key component will be professional development sessions and artistic dialogues on issues of practice and ways of reframing our community dance practice. It will culminate in an online forum on Dance and Creative Ageing in 2021. Recognising the digital divide, this project will also seek to build greater inclusion through piloting free telephone access to movement. Developing digital and technical capability is a strategy for the ‘now’ with long term benefits. The return to in-person classes for the Parkinson’s community will be later than most other groups. We are requesting support of $12,000 for our project.

Funds will be used to:

  • Provide online Dance for Parkinson’s classes – and continue in person once safe to do so
  • Create further community access by piloting classes in Mandarin and Italian
  • Pay dance teaching artists and musicians appropriate fees
  • Develop digital capacity through training and online infrastructure
  • Support access through the development and refinement of an auditory telephone dance option
  • Support mentorship within and across networks

The end result will be a more resilient Dance for Parkinson’s community, innovations in practice and the establishment of adapted forms of access. This project will provide opportunities beyond the Covid context for diverse and under-represented communities to participate, including those in regional areas and community members with transportation difficulties who may no longer be able to attend an in-person class.

Any additional funds raised will be used to amplify these goals.

More information: www.dancepdau.org

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Dance for Parkinson’s Australia (DPA) offers specialised dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers.

For people with Parkinson’s disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained professional teaching artists are internationally acknowledged as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of recognised, movement-based therapeutic interventions that are supported by published research.

Classes launched in Australia in 2013 and are now offered throughout Australia with the purpose of improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s Disease while building positive arts connections. 

DPA is a community centred organisation affiliated with Dance for PD in the United States. Partnerships and connections have been developed across the arts and health sectors and include the Sydney Opera House, Queensland Ballet, Belconnen Arts Centre, Ausdance, state Parkinson’s organisations, and leading neurologists and researchers.

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Erin White

QLD
AB

Anne Brown

QLD
LM

Lyndyl Mathams

QLD
AC

Anthony Cole

NSW
ZH

Zole Howell

NSW
BD

Beth Drury

NSW
PK

Pam King

NSW
SM

Susan Miles

NSW
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84203957499

NSW
FC

Frances Colquhoun

NSW
MH

Mariam Harris

NSW
LB

Laura Bailey

NSW
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David Goss

NSW
KB

Kerry Bibb

NSW
MM

Marie Montafia

QLD
TK

Tomo Kudrich

NSW
LD

Lenette Drury

NSW
JT

Janet Thompson

NSW
BA

Barbara Aroney

NSW
FL

Francine Lazarus

NSW
KD

Katie Dutton

NSW

Links

Artists Website
http://www.dancepdau.org