Dance like no-one is watching on World Parkinson’s Day

Roger Palmer with Dance teacher Liz Cornish Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d491842
Roger Palmer with Dance teacher Liz Cornish Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d491842

MORE than a dozen people living with a neurological condition meet at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre every Thursday to move, stretch, twirl and ‘dance like no one is watching’.

And on World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, Parkinson’s WA is encouraging anyone who has been diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition to get in touch and find out about its Dance to Move classes.

Other programs include singing, tai chi and yoga, all of which are designed to improve coordination and flexibility, combat social isolation and elevate mood.

South Yunderup resident Roger Palmer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago and is a regular at Dance to Move classes.

“Dance to Move isn’t like ballroom dancing, it’s really rhythm dancing where you can sit down or stand up and teachers are incredibly experienced, encouraging and enthusiastic,” the 75-year-old said.

“It was after seeing a Parkinson’s nurse specialist that I found out about the classes and I’ve been going for about four years.

“The classes have been so rewarding and I find the day I go is always a good day; attending really lifts my mood and I’d encourage others with similar health issues to find out more.

“I really enjoy the comradeship and interaction, after the class we have tea and scones and I find the entire experience really enjoyable.”

Parkinson’s WA chief executive Brenda Matthews said the classes are run by professional teachers who attended specialised Parkinson’s workshops and are dedicated to providing participants with a stimulating experience.

“Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits for people of all ages living with Parkinson’s and also varying mobility and ability levels,” she said.

“World Parkinson’s Day is an ideal opportunity to reach out to others living with a neurological condition and highlight how our dance classes can really combat depression and social isolation, elevate mood, increase flexibility and coordination and increase confidence.”

No dance experience is necessary and classes can be completed either seated or standing.

Call 6457 7373 or email info@parkinsonswa.org.au