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