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JANUARY-JUNE program - Dance Classes

Dance for People with Parkinsons
at Belconnen & Tuggeranong Arts Centre

at BAC > Tuesdays > 1:10–2:30pm

Parkinson’s ACT and Belconnen Arts Centre presents an inspired weekly dance program specifically designed for People with Parkinson’s. Enjoy the fun and challenge of working your brain, your body, your memory and your imagination in this fun filled hour. No previous experience is necessary! 

Participants will experience a specifically devised program of appropriate, enjoyable, engaging and challenging dance activities, led by Philip Piggin, Community Cultural Inclusion Officer for Belconnen. 

Philip celebrates extensive experience in community dance practice in Australia and overseas; he is trained in dance for people living with Parkinson’s and further supported through his Churchill Fellowship study tour to the USA and UK in 2015 where he expanded his expertise in this field.  

Term 1 > 1 February - 9 April
Term 2 > 26 April - 2 July
Term 3 > 18 July - 24 September
Term 4 > 10 October - 17 December
Information & enrolments > info@belconnenartscentre.com.au or 6173 3300
Registration > Register and pay at BAC on the day or email: info@belconnenartscentre.com.au
Cost > $5 or gold coin donation
Enrolments essential.

Classes also take place at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Wednesdays from 11:00–12:00pm, during the school term, led by Jane Ingall. All details: click here

More information on the Dance for Parkinson’s Australia website

More information on the Dance for PD website, USA

From their recent performance of I used to run Marathons – with Canberra Dance Theatre’s performance of GREAT SPORT at the National Museum of Australia, April, 2016. Photographer: Lorna Sim

Dance for People with Parkinsons



Please check out this clip of a recent performance by the group at the National Museum of Australia, as part of Canberra Dance Theatre’s GREAT SPORT! – a celebration of the significance of sport in our Australian culture.

http://www.nma.gov.au/engage-learn/access then scroll down the page to HIGHLIGHTS then GREAT SPORT.

Please see the link from the ABC, regarding the group’s recent performance of I USED TO RUN MARATHONS – as part of a major performance project GREAT SPORT.  It was delivered at the National Museum of Australia with the GOLD DANCE COMPANY from CANBERRA DANCE THEATRE, in April 2016.

Thanks to Dennis Smith who has penned a poem inspired by the first Dance for Parkinson's session:


First Parkinson's Dance class today.

Parkinson's Dance what can I say
It was a great time we all had today
We introduced ourselves at the start
While clapping hands aren't we smart

Started slowly with warmup exercises
Nice and gentle with no surprises
Then with our partners face to face
Each others movements we had to trace

Following this was a Serbian dance
This way then that they made us prance
The music was loud and the rhythm fast
I was not sure how long I would last

Holding hands with those by our side
There was nowhere for anyone to hide
So we had to dance like it or not
At least it wasn't a bloody Foxtrot

Fourteen steps then stamp your feet
Fourteen back we had to repeat
Then only six steps we needed to take
The music had us all wide awake

Three steps inward nice and slow
And three knee bends not too low
Repeat these steps the other way
Back to the start hip hip hooray

Keep repeating this 'til the music stops
This tired out a few nanas and pops
Us Parkos and partners think we're tough
But by this time we'd had enough

We warmed down and then one by one
Said what we thought of what we'd done
Phillip our instructor liked what he heard
As there wasn't even one negative word

Believe it or not I don't really care
We all enjoyed ourselves dancing there
And there is one thing we all know
We'll be back again for another go

                                    Dennis Smith



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Kids' Classes

Creative kids are invited to join our new range of arts, dance and music classes in 2014!

Find out more

    118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT [Google Maps]

    Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Except for regular classes and special events

  • BUS:
    ACTION [Timetable Information] - 300 series buses to Belconnen, get off at Belconnen Community Bus Station and walk down to the Centre, or Route 45 directly to the Centre.

  • CAR:
    Enter eastern end Emu Bank from either Aikman Drive or Eastern Valley Way, from the western end off Joynton Smith Drive or directly opposite the end of Benjamin Way. See Maps for Parking here