Somerset West & Surrounds
This class is based on the internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® program developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in New York.
Dance for Parkinson’s classes foster a safe and creative environment for participants and their friends, family, and caregivers. Through an engaging approach, students learn to enhance their aesthetic awareness and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, and depression. Teaching artists introduce movement from modern dance, musical theater, ballet, folk dance, tap and improvisation.
Julie Symmonds completed the Dance for PD® Teachers Course in New York City in 2015. She is the only South African to have completed this course!
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Class Times & Venue
Pinelands Presbyterian Church *
19 St Stephens Rd, Pinelands
Somerset West *
Thursdays: 10:00am—11:00am and 11:30am—12:30pm
The Playhouse Theatre
Corner Swalle St & Lourensford Rd
Cape Town *
Hellenic Community Centre
24 Bay Rd, Mouille Point
Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease?
- Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence.
- Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
- Dance breaks isolation.
- Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement.
- Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance.
- Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.
- Dance tells stories.
- Dance sparks creativity.
- The basis of dance is rhythm.
- The essence of dance is joy.
Dancing with Parkinsons — It's a fabulous idea.
Makes you get out of the house and socialise which can be difficult.
Wakes up the brain trying to remember the different steps.
Makes your muscles do things they have forgotten was possible.
Leaves you feeling much steadier when standing and walking.