Staff at The Wedge Performing Arts Centre are introducing an exciting all-abilities dance program.
The first trial class will take place at The Wedge on Saturday 16 December at 11am. The trial class will be led by qualified instructors from Melbourne, and is a great way for those who are interested in this program to dip their toe in the water.
The Dance for Parkinson’s program originated at the Mark Morris Dance Centre in 2001 primarily for people suffering with Parkinson’s Disease.
The program is now all-inclusive and is open not only to Parkinson’s sufferers, their caregivers and family members, but can also be a positive experience for those with Motor Neuron Disease, Huntington’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said it could also assist those with injuries that have had an impact on their physical movement and anyone else who would like to come and enjoy a dance class and social interaction.
“The Wedge is a great venue offering lots of entertainment and activities to members of the community and beyond,” Cr Crossley said.
“We are looking to be more inclusive and be a place where people can not only come and watch a show but can also participate in the performing arts.
“The Dance for Parkinson’s program is a fantastic idea and would provide an atmosphere for participants to get involved in physical activity in a warm, friendly, social and supportive environment and help them interact together and share positive, stimulating experiences.”
Research on the program undertaken in 2013 by the University of Queensland showed that participants had improved ability to maintain functional mobility, a reduction in bodily discomfort, increased emotional wellbeing and confidence in balance activities and an improved ability to communicate.
The trial class can hold between 10 and 20 people, and will be run by two professional dancer teachers who can tailor each class to suit the ability of the participants and engage their minds and bodies. The cost of the class is $10 for 1 hour and includes a light lunch at the end. Participants are encouraged to bring along friends, family members or carers and companion cards will be accepted.