Offbeat

Offbeat Dance for People with Parkinson's

Image by Lorna Sim

Offbeat – Dance for People with Parkinson’s

Belconnen Arts Centre
Tuesdays > 1:15pm – 2:30pm

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Wednesdays > 11:15am – 12:30pm

Term 2 | 30 April – 6 July
Term 3 | 23 July –28 September
Term 4 | 15 October – 21 December

“Even with my two left feet, Wednesday’s Offbeat group is the highlight of my week. Thanks to the choreography of our fabulous leaders I am now finding my right foot.”

Parkinson’s ACT, with Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, presents a weekly dance program in the ACT 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 session, and make a heap of new friends. Participants will be led through a carefully planned program of appropriate, enjoyable and challenging dance activities, and will be taught by Jane Ingall, Jacqui Simmonds, Gretel Burgess and/or Philip Piggin, plus guest teachers. Together, this team have over 100 years of experience working in the dance world and are particularly passionate about providing dance programs for all.

Offbeat Dance for People with Parkinson's

The Offbeat Dance group perform at DETONATE 2017; image by Lorna Sim

For people with Parkinson’s disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained teaching artists are becoming internationally recognised as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of exercise and therapy interventions. By approaching movement as dance students, not as patients, persons with Parkinson’s can focus on PD-specific concerns like mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable, social and communal environment. Dance classes create an environment emphasising expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building. The Dance for People with Parkinson’s program started as a single collaborative program between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group around 2001. Over the past 17 years, Dance for PD has pioneered an arts-based approach that is being adopted by dance companies and schools, Parkinson’s groups and healthcare organisations in more than 60 communities around the world.

No previous experience is necessary, and everyone — persons newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, others with walkers and wheelchairs, family members and friends — are welcome to participate. Please note this is not a social dance class, and it does not require you to come with a partner.

Performance of I Used to Run Marathons for Bold Festival 2017, at the National Library of Australia.

Costs >

$5 | Per person, per class

Pay on the day. Companion Card holders receive free admission for a support companion.

More info >

Wear clothes comfortable to move in, wear light shoes, and bring a bottle of water.

Contact Creative Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or on (02) 6173 3300, or visit Dance for Parkinson’s Australia‘s website.

Program supported by Parkinson’s ACT, ACT Health, National Health Co-op, Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Offbeat is part of the Dance for Wellbeing program at Belconnen Arts Centre.

Painting with Parkinson’s, another fabulous program run here in Canberra by Parkinson’s ACT, was featured on Prime National News on 21 March 2018. If you are interested in participating, please contact Painting with Parkinson’s.


History & Public Performances

2018

1 June:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
Danscience
Riverside Theatre, Parramatta NSW

11 April:
The Pink Panther (Jane Ingall)
Round the Barley
(traditional)
World Parkinson’s Day
Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla ACT

2017

3 December:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
The Pink Panther
(Jane Ingall)
International Day for People with Disability
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

27 August:
Day O (Philip Piggin)
Scarves (Jacqui Simmonds & Philip Piggin)
Alewander (traditional)
A Walk in the Park
Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park, Parkes ACT

11 April:
Boots (Jacqui Simmonds)
Sunrise Lake
(Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
The Brave Don Lads (Philip Piggin)
World Parkinson’s Day
Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla ACT

9 March:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
Bold Festival
National Library of Australia, ACT

2016

3 December:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
International Day for People with Disability
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

30 September:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
Advanced level training for teachers of Dance for Parkinson’s Australia
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

28 August:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
Dance Kaleidoscope
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

11 April:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
Rock Paper Scissors (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
World Parkinson’s Day
Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla ACT

7-9 April:
I Used to Run Marathons (Jane Ingall & Philip Piggin)
Great Sport with Canberra Dance Theatre
National Museum of Australia, ACT

2015

29 November:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Jane Ingall)
International Day for People with Disability
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

7 November:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Jane Ingall)
Capturing Grace Plus
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

6 November:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Jane Ingall)
Silver Linings, Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 25th Birthday
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT

30 July:
Sun Salutation (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
Follow the Leaders (Philip Piggin)
Chair Dance (Philip Piggin)
Mirrors (Philip Piggin)
A Walk in the Park
Rond Terrace, Commonwealth Park, Parkes ACT

11 April:
Sunrise Lake (Dance for PD, Brooklyn)
Chair Statues (Philip Piggin)
Mirrors (Philip Piggin)
World Parkinson’s Day
Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla ACT

2014

July:
Classes commence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, led by Jane Ingall

2013

1 December:
Kolo (traditional)
International Day for People with Disability
Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

July:
Classes commence at Belconnen Arts Centre, led by Philip Piggin