SENIORS WEEK Dance for Parkinsons – Gold Coast community class

Modeled after the Dance for PD® program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, this dance class is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, supported, or standing, you will explore elements of dance in a stimulating, enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment. This Community Class is open to partners, family members, carers and community members and will be taught by Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Program Coordinator-Erica Rose Jeffrey.

Wednesday August 19th

10.30am – 11:30am – Dance Class
11.30am – 12:30pm – Presentation + Morning Tea

Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Cost for Participants:
Free of charge, but registration is required

Please contact
Erica Rose Jeffrey
Code word required to register online. or Phone 0412260040.

Dance for PD classes engage thought, senses and imagination in the service of movement. Teachers encourage participants to use images, narrative, and musical input to hone control over how they express themselves physically. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity.

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Class information

Classes start seated, move through a progressive warm-up and build to improvisation and learning of new movement sequences. They are open and appropriate for all levels.

Classes based on the Dance for PD® program  follow one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day.

Classes integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory. They are an aesthetic experience using the elements of narrative, imagery, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression.

The classes engage the participants’ minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity, and experimentation with movement.

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Date(s) - 19/08/2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Arts Centre Gold Coast