New! (at last?) Dance class for People
Penrith Health and
Wellbeing Hub, Penrith Hospital
2pm Fridays from February 15
The classes are for people
with Parkinson’s, their family and friends, and for other people who want to
dance, to contribute music, and generally share a fun and creative time.
What is Dance for PD? The
programme’s fundamental working principle is that professionally-trained
dancers are movement experts whose knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm
and aesthetic awareness is useful to persons with PD. In class, teaching
artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing,
and choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create
an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration.
The results translate into
daily life, studies show, as participants demonstrate an improvement in walking
and fine-motor skills, such as tapping a finger, and feel an uplift in mood and
a better sense of self that comes from gaining more physical control. There are
many peer reviewed studies from all round the world – contact Virginia for
Penrith classes are led by
Virginia Taylor PhD who has trained in the Dance for PD programme with the Mark
Morris Company in New York City. Virginia has been a professional dancer and
choreographer, alongside working in education and the community, over many
years. She is fully qualified insured and vetted!
The class is being run
cooperatively starting with pioneer participants and volunteers. Come and have
a go! Many people who never thought of themselves as participants in a dance
class find themselves addicted ...everyone moves safely within their own zone of confidence. That might be always seated, with help, or the sky's the limit.
photos are of a class at Stanford Neuroscience Health Centre, USA, with thanks.