Dance for Parkinson’s classes hosted at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre


The Dance for Parkinsons is on offer in Mandurah.
The Dance for Parkinsons is on offer in Mandurah.

DUE to overwhelming public demand, Parkinson’s WA will introduced Dance for Parkinson’s classes, hosted by Ausdance WA professional dance teachers at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre last week.

Parkinson’s WA Support Programs co-ordinator Jodie Palmer said since the program was introduced to the worldwide Parkinson’s community in 2001, research had shown the positive benefits of structured dancing and movement for people with Parkinson’s.

“The Dance for Parkinson’s program integrates movement to engage participants’ minds and bodies,’’ she said.

“It emphasises dancing for dancing’s sake, while addressing Parkinson’s specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, co-ordination, gait, social isolation and depression.

“Our Dance for Parkinson’s program will be offered to people with Parkinson’s, as well as their carers’ and partners, in Mandurah and surrounding suburbs and towns.”

Ms Palmer said participants were encouraged to approach movement like dancers rather than patients.

She said Mandurah Performing Arts Centre had agreed to provide a dedicated dance studio free of charge during 2016.

“We have had such an amazing response. The first classes are already booked, with a waiting list,” she said.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the Dance for Parkinson’s program was supported by the City of Mandurah’s Partnership Fund, which helped deliver projects that increased community participation and involvement in Mandurah.

Contact 6457 7373 or www.parkinsonswa.org.au for more information.